Old Los Angeles
|by Anonymous||reply 126||Last Wednesday at 9:55 AM|
That picture of snow in downtown LA is fabulous!
With climate change, that will probably never happen again.
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Capitol Records building under construction in 1955.
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Traffic sucked in LA, even as way back as 1958.
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This here is an amazing photo.
A real life "Grease."
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1967 street trade hooker.
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Was Los Angeles ever NOT crowded?
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Downtown LA at Broadway & 7th, 1943.
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The Miracle Mile, Wilshire Blvd, 1941
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/16/2021|
R6 Yeah, I don't think "street trade" ever wore dress shoes, dress pants like that. In Hollywood in the 50s, 60s and 70s, street trade on Selma, on Santa Monica and Hollywood Blvd ... Pershing Square... would more likely be in jeans and "tennis shoes"....
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Venice Beach, 1925
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/16/2021|
R13 Are you sure that's Venice? I don't recognize those buildings, and I don't think multi-story buildings were on the sand in the 20s. Looks more like East Coast.
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Venice Beach ,1930s
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These are brilliant! Keep 'em coming. I love: BOAC!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/16/2021|
R14, the Water & Power Associates site says this: "The view is looking north towards Ocean Park where some buildings and part of Lick Pier are visible."
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/16/2021|
I love the Gaylord, r11. The other day I finally got around to checking out where the Brown Derby used to be. It was next to the Gaylord.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/16/2021|
R17 Ok. I lived in Venice/Ocean Park for a couple decades, and a long stretch of the buildings on the beach there was likely "torn down" during development in the 50s when Lick Pier was converted to Pacific Ocean Park.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/16/2021|
These are wonderful! Any other Angelenos watch reruns of “Things That Aren't Here Anymore” with Ralph Story and the old Huell Howser shows like “California’s Gold” and get super depressed for what was?
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It's on Youtube...
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Highland and Hollywood, looking north, 1952
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/16/2021|
R22 Hollywood Methodist Church (before "United Methodist" was a thing). I am probably one of the older Angelenos on DL.... I can remember taking the red cars downtown. Then they tore up the tracks so they could sell tires to cars. Then schools were shut down with "smog days" because of all the air pollution from cars.
The myth of Progress.
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It may not be Bullocks Wilshire anymore, but at least the beautiful building still stands.
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I remember there was a tea room in Bullock's Wilshire... my mom and aunt used to (or at least once?) had tea there when shopping. Weird custom.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/16/2021|
Your finer department stores had tea rooms back in the day, r26.
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Birdseye view of Wilshire Blvd. looking west, 1928. (The Brown Derby is on the right.)
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The snow was on January 10, 1949. Most of southern California received an inch of snow. It has not happened since, to my knowledge.
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The Mexican-Americans getting their daily arrest for being brown.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/16/2021|
More brown arrests during lunch hour.
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The oldest known photo of Los Angeles, from the 1860s
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1940's Papi Chulo showing some cleavage.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/16/2021|
LOVE these! My father’s family has lived in Los Angeles since the 1890s. Love seeing old photos.
Also on that Instagram page - I was born in Long Beach and had no idea that they had a roller coaster at one time My mom was like - yeah, you didn’t know?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/16/2021|
[quote] Downtown LA at Broadway & 7th, 1943.
That area still looks the same, IMO.
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Filipino teens at an LA dance hall, sometime in the 1950s.
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I'd bet that there was more than one tearoom at Bullock's Wilshire.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/16/2021|
All about June in the Orpheum circuit.
Gimme a chance and I know I can work it.
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Lankershim Blvd at Weddington, North Hollywood, 1926
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|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/19/2021|
OMG look how undeveloped the hills are
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/19/2021|
I wish I lived in Los Angeles back then, r42.
It must have been absolutely lovely.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/19/2021|
Awesome thread. Love these historic photos.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/19/2021|
I actually believe the smog was bad even then.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/19/2021|
R45, wasn't peak LA smog during the sixties?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/19/2021|
Pico & Sepulveda
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/19/2021|
1930s Los Angeles, great decade to be Mexican-American
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/19/2021|
I've always been curious what this building started out as. It's on 6th St near downtown.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/19/2021|
Looks like car dealership
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/19/2021|
Where is Lana Del Ray?
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Next to Playa Del Ray?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/19/2021|
The marvelous 1927 Sears store on Olympic Blvd closed a few weeks ago.
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Judy and the May Company
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Van Nuys drive-in theater
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|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/19/2021|
R56 The Mocambo is nice but, damn it, Perino's is MY place
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/19/2021|
R45 R46 I was born in LA in 1950. Smog was absolutely the worst in the late 50s and early 60s. In elementary school they had "smog days", where we could go outside at recess or lunch. That horrid shibboleth of the Right, "regulation" cleaned up the air. Smog in LA now is nothing, compared to the 50s.
But what a world it was... a great, great big city to grow up in. I grew up 5 miles from downtown and also ran out my door into the hills... oaks, sycamores, mustard plant, trails...
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/19/2021|
I preferred the Cocoanut Grove
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/19/2021|
R56 I had my high school prom at the Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel.
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|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/19/2021|
[quote]I had my high school prom at the Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel.
Well, you must fart cobwebs and dust.
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|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/19/2021|
R62 Ha. No, it was 1968. A few weeks later Robert Kennedy would be killed at that hotel.
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Frances Faye at the Crescendo...
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|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/19/2021|
Musso and Frank's Grill
Has been exactly the same since the 30s.
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The Pan Pacific Auditorium
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/19/2021|
[quote]No, it was 1968
Making you 71. Cobwebs and dust.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/19/2021|
[quote]Has been exactly the same since the 30s.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/19/2021|
R30 R31 R48 No one gives a shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/19/2021|
R69 70. But yeah, Gold Dust. Pure Gold Dust.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/19/2021|
Pan Pacific. BIG warehouse type building with TINY decorative Entrance.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/19/2021|
[quote]Pure Gold Dust.
More like Gold Bond.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/19/2021|
R70 Well, they did a big remodel in 1929, as I remember.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/19/2021|
R24 My mom used to take me to Bullocks for afternoon tea. It was lovely.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/19/2021|
R74 Well, the thread is OLD Los Angeles.
Nurse, can you bring me the crack pipe??
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/19/2021|
[quote] Pan Pacific. BIG warehouse type building with TINY decorative Entrance.
I never knew that. I'd only seen photos of the entrance and thought it was about the size of the Pantages. Thanks for posting that photo, R73
Here's the Pantages in 1959
|by Anonymous||reply 78||05/19/2021|
I found a Perino's ashtray at a thrift store for a quarter and resold it on eBay, r57. I realized I lived within relative walking distance of it. So I went out to search for Perino's. Here's what I found. I thought it was nice that they managed to keep the sign. They used a duck press borrowed from Mr. and Mrs. Steele.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||05/19/2021|
The original "mid-century" elegance.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||05/19/2021|
The Apple Pan
|by Anonymous||reply 81||05/19/2021|
Ponyland and Beverly Park where Beverly Center is. I wasn't born yet, but my parents talk about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||05/19/2021|
R81 - I love The Apple Pan. The Peach Pit from 90210 was based on it.
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|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/20/2021|
R66 in keeping with the them, “Alien” at the Egyptian
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77 Sunset Strip
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|by Anonymous||reply 87||05/20/2021|
Thanks for this thread. As a fourth generation Californian and third Angelino, I just love these old pics.
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Van Nuys Blvd and Delano Strert
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El Portal Theater on Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood
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The Huntington Hartford...
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|by Anonymous||reply 93||05/21/2021|
I had no idea they filmed this at the LA Arboretum
|by Anonymous||reply 94||05/26/2021|
Totally unrealistic, r94.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/26/2021|
R7 That's a beautiful photo of Marilyn. It's new to me. I'm enjoying this thread.
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|by Anonymous||reply 97||05/29/2021|
Then Jonathan Club when it was restricted.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||05/29/2021|
The El Portal Theater and the brick building to the north of it (in R91 photo) are both still there! 👍
|by Anonymous||reply 99||05/30/2021|
The Carthay Circle, in the Wilshire district, not Hollywood, was the grandest theater - at least to my memory as a child. More than the Grauman's/Mann's/Grauman's theater. I saw El Cid there (with my Dad, who has a professor of Spanish literature and history) the week it opened. It was so grand.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||05/30/2021|
That was awesome, R97. My grandfather was born in Hollywood in 1931! Crazy to think about that.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||05/30/2021|
R100 That’s amazing! Love the photo. My best friend lives in Carthay Circle - one of those old complexes - and loves it. She’ll never move. Always so cool to hear about the city’s rich history. Thank you for sharing.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||05/30/2021|
Miracle Mile, Wilshire Boulevard, 1950s.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/30/2021|
Westwood Village before it became overrun by the homeless
|by Anonymous||reply 104||06/03/2021|
Another building I'm curious as to what it was. It's Just off W. 3rd St. on Berendo.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||06/05/2021|
It was an automobile garage! (and I believe it is currently occupied by a body shop) According to AN ARCH GUIDEBOOK TO LOS ANGELES:
"Automotive Garage, circa 1926, 248 S. Berendo Street. A single-story Spanish Revival automobile garage, luxurious enough in its ornate cast-concrete facade to accommodate Franklins, Packards, and Pierce Arrows."
|by Anonymous||reply 106||06/05/2021|
Thank you, r106! I thought it was something like that because of the wide doors. But it's so ornate....well, so were the cars.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||06/05/2021|
I came across this, r50. Apparently from the early '70s on, it was a series of grocery stores before it became a Goodwill.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||06/06/2021|
Just-flattened Bunker Hill
|by Anonymous||reply 109||06/06/2021|
R109 And the before shot....
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|by Anonymous||reply 111||06/06/2021|
R109 That is so sad that it is all gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||06/06/2021|
Wow this is what it looked like where the Library Tower sits today
|by Anonymous||reply 113||06/07/2021|
Even lower middle brow department stores like May Company had tearooms (the restaurant kind---they probably had the other kind, too)
|by Anonymous||reply 114||06/07/2021|
R113, I revisited THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, a couple years ago. One of my favorite things about the pilot was the opening title sequence....flying through 1980 DTLA. And how relatively undeveloped it was!
You can see 444 South Hope St. -- the "L.A. Law building" -- under construction. Starting at 3:00.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||06/07/2021|
R114 Not sure what "lower middle brow" is, as a ranking of class. I think May Co was pretty much right in the middle. (And I remember going downtown for Christmas shopping when I was a kid - taking the red car downtown! - and the "Tea Room" on the mezzanine on the May Co. on Hill St.).
"Class" was indeed represented by department stores in my childhood in LA. I'd put them in this order.
Great photos in this website - Van de Kamp windmill on the Von's market invokes an earlier age.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||06/08/2021|
A Googie masterpiece!
|by Anonymous||reply 117||06/08/2021|
May ran "promotional" department stores and that was their niche, nationwide---known for sales and basement stores. Everyone went there but they were not aspirational stores like Robinson's and other chains owned by Associated Dry Goods.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||06/08/2021|
Went for a walk today and took this pic for comparison...
|by Anonymous||reply 119||06/08/2021|
I found this 1940's video of Burbank streets to be enjoyable so I thought I'd share.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||06/08/2021|
Ape’s restoration of the Tower Theater in the Historic Core is glorious
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|by Anonymous||reply 122||06/09/2021|
I love old Bunker Hill!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||Last Tuesday at 10:18 AM|
Fairfax and Santa Monica
|by Anonymous||reply 124||Last Tuesday at 5:58 PM|
R124 With the old red car. Those tracks and cars went all over the LA basin, from the mountains to the sea. Then they were removed.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||Last Tuesday at 8:26 PM|
Looks pretty much the same except for the cars.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||Last Wednesday at 9:55 AM|