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Old Los Angeles

Beautiful photos!

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by Anonymousreply 126Last 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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by Anonymousreply 105/16/2021

Capitol Records building under construction in 1955.

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by Anonymousreply 205/16/2021


Traffic sucked in LA, even as way back as 1958.

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by Anonymousreply 305/16/2021

This here is an amazing photo.

A real life "Grease."

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by Anonymousreply 505/16/2021

1967 street trade hooker.

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by Anonymousreply 605/16/2021

Marilyn Monroe.

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by Anonymousreply 705/16/2021

Was Los Angeles ever NOT crowded?

Circa 1937.

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by Anonymousreply 805/16/2021

Amazing. Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 905/16/2021

Downtown LA at Broadway & 7th, 1943.

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by Anonymousreply 1005/16/2021

The Miracle Mile, Wilshire Blvd, 1941

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by Anonymousreply 1105/16/2021

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"....

by Anonymousreply 1205/16/2021

Venice Beach, 1925

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by Anonymousreply 1305/16/2021

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.

by Anonymousreply 1405/16/2021

Venice Beach ,1930s

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by Anonymousreply 1505/16/2021

These are brilliant! Keep 'em coming. I love: BOAC!

by Anonymousreply 1605/16/2021

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 Anonymousreply 1705/16/2021

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.

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by Anonymousreply 1805/16/2021

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 Anonymousreply 1905/16/2021

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?

by Anonymousreply 2005/16/2021

It's on Youtube...

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by Anonymousreply 2105/16/2021

Highland and Hollywood, looking north, 1952

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by Anonymousreply 2205/16/2021

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.

by Anonymousreply 2305/16/2021

It may not be Bullocks Wilshire anymore, but at least the beautiful building still stands.

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by Anonymousreply 2505/16/2021

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.

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by Anonymousreply 2605/16/2021

Your finer department stores had tea rooms back in the day, r26.

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by Anonymousreply 2705/16/2021

Birdseye view of Wilshire Blvd. looking west, 1928. (The Brown Derby is on the right.)

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by Anonymousreply 2805/16/2021

The snow was on January 10, 1949. Most of southern California received an inch of snow. It has not happened since, to my knowledge.

by Anonymousreply 2905/16/2021

The Mexican-Americans getting their daily arrest for being brown.

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by Anonymousreply 3005/16/2021

More brown arrests during lunch hour.

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by Anonymousreply 3105/16/2021

The oldest known photo of Los Angeles, from the 1860s

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by Anonymousreply 3205/16/2021

1940's Papi Chulo showing some cleavage.

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by Anonymousreply 3305/16/2021

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 Anonymousreply 3405/16/2021

[quote] Downtown LA at Broadway & 7th, 1943.

That area still looks the same, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 3505/16/2021

Filipino teens at an LA dance hall, sometime in the 1950s.

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by Anonymousreply 3605/16/2021

I'd bet that there was more than one tearoom at Bullock's Wilshire.

by Anonymousreply 3705/16/2021

All about June in the Orpheum circuit.

Gimme a chance and I know I can work it.

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by Anonymousreply 3805/16/2021

Grauman's Rialto

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by Anonymousreply 3905/16/2021

Lankershim Blvd at Weddington, North Hollywood, 1926

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by Anonymousreply 4005/16/2021

Greetings from...

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by Anonymousreply 4105/19/2021

OMG look how undeveloped the hills are

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by Anonymousreply 4205/19/2021

I wish I lived in Los Angeles back then, r42.

It must have been absolutely lovely.

by Anonymousreply 4305/19/2021

Awesome thread. Love these historic photos.

by Anonymousreply 4405/19/2021

I actually believe the smog was bad even then.

by Anonymousreply 4505/19/2021

R45, wasn't peak LA smog during the sixties?

by Anonymousreply 4605/19/2021

Pico & Sepulveda

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by Anonymousreply 4705/19/2021

1930s Los Angeles, great decade to be Mexican-American

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by Anonymousreply 4805/19/2021

I've always been curious what this building started out as. It's on 6th St near downtown.

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by Anonymousreply 4905/19/2021

Looks like car dealership

by Anonymousreply 5005/19/2021

Where is Lana Del Ray?

by Anonymousreply 5105/19/2021

Next to Playa Del Ray?

by Anonymousreply 5205/19/2021

The marvelous 1927 Sears store on Olympic Blvd closed a few weeks ago.

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by Anonymousreply 5305/19/2021

Judy and the May Company

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by Anonymousreply 5405/19/2021

Van Nuys drive-in theater

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by Anonymousreply 5505/19/2021

the Mocambo

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by Anonymousreply 5605/19/2021

R56 The Mocambo is nice but, damn it, Perino's is MY place

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by Anonymousreply 5705/19/2021

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 Anonymousreply 5805/19/2021

I preferred the Cocoanut Grove

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by Anonymousreply 5905/19/2021

R56 I had my high school prom at the Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel.

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by Anonymousreply 6005/19/2021

Norma's derricks.

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by Anonymousreply 6105/19/2021

[quote]I had my high school prom at the Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel.

Well, you must fart cobwebs and dust.

by Anonymousreply 6205/19/2021

the Crescendo...

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by Anonymousreply 6305/19/2021

R62 Ha. No, it was 1968. A few weeks later Robert Kennedy would be killed at that hotel.

by Anonymousreply 6405/19/2021

Frances Faye at the Crescendo...

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by Anonymousreply 6605/19/2021

Musso and Frank's Grill

Has been exactly the same since the 30s.

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by Anonymousreply 6705/19/2021

The Pan Pacific Auditorium

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by Anonymousreply 6805/19/2021

[quote]No, it was 1968

Making you 71. Cobwebs and dust.

by Anonymousreply 6905/19/2021

[quote]Has been exactly the same since the 30s.

Try 1919.

by Anonymousreply 7005/19/2021

R30 R31 R48 No one gives a shit.

by Anonymousreply 7105/19/2021

R69 70. But yeah, Gold Dust. Pure Gold Dust.

by Anonymousreply 7205/19/2021

Pan Pacific. BIG warehouse type building with TINY decorative Entrance.

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by Anonymousreply 7305/19/2021

[quote]Pure Gold Dust.

More like Gold Bond.

by Anonymousreply 7405/19/2021

R70 Well, they did a big remodel in 1929, as I remember.

by Anonymousreply 7505/19/2021

R24 My mom used to take me to Bullocks for afternoon tea. It was lovely.

by Anonymousreply 7605/19/2021

R74 Well, the thread is OLD Los Angeles.

Nurse, can you bring me the crack pipe??

by Anonymousreply 7705/19/2021

[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

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by Anonymousreply 7805/19/2021

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.

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by Anonymousreply 7905/19/2021


The original "mid-century" elegance.

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by Anonymousreply 8005/19/2021

The Apple Pan

Quality forever.

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by Anonymousreply 8105/19/2021

Ponyland and Beverly Park where Beverly Center is. I wasn't born yet, but my parents talk about it.

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by Anonymousreply 8205/19/2021

R81 - I love The Apple Pan. The Peach Pit from 90210 was based on it.

by Anonymousreply 8305/19/2021

the Wiltern

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by Anonymousreply 8405/20/2021

R66 in keeping with the them, “Alien” at the Egyptian

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by Anonymousreply 8505/20/2021

77 Sunset Strip

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by Anonymousreply 8605/20/2021

Hedda's town...

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by Anonymousreply 8705/20/2021

Thanks for this thread. As a fourth generation Californian and third Angelino, I just love these old pics.

by Anonymousreply 8805/20/2021

Van Nuys Blvd and Delano Strert

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El Portal Theater on Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

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by Anonymousreply 9105/20/2021

The Huntington Hartford...

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by Anonymousreply 9305/21/2021

I had no idea they filmed this at the LA Arboretum

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by Anonymousreply 9405/26/2021

Totally unrealistic, r94.

by Anonymousreply 9505/26/2021

R7 That's a beautiful photo of Marilyn. It's new to me. I'm enjoying this thread.

by Anonymousreply 9605/29/2021

Hollywood 1931

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by Anonymousreply 9705/29/2021

Then Jonathan Club when it was restricted.

by Anonymousreply 9805/29/2021

The El Portal Theater and the brick building to the north of it (in R91 photo) are both still there! 👍

by Anonymousreply 9905/30/2021

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.

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by Anonymousreply 10005/30/2021

That was awesome, R97. My grandfather was born in Hollywood in 1931! Crazy to think about that.

by Anonymousreply 10105/30/2021

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 Anonymousreply 10205/30/2021

Miracle Mile, Wilshire Boulevard, 1950s.

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by Anonymousreply 10305/30/2021

Westwood Village before it became overrun by the homeless

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by Anonymousreply 10406/03/2021

Another building I'm curious as to what it was. It's Just off W. 3rd St. on Berendo.

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by Anonymousreply 10506/05/2021

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 Anonymousreply 10606/05/2021

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 Anonymousreply 10706/05/2021

I came across this, r50. Apparently from the early '70s on, it was a series of grocery stores before it became a Goodwill.

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by Anonymousreply 10806/06/2021

Just-flattened Bunker Hill

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by Anonymousreply 10906/06/2021

R109 And the before shot....

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by Anonymousreply 11106/06/2021

R109 That is so sad that it is all gone.

by Anonymousreply 11206/06/2021

Wow this is what it looked like where the Library Tower sits today

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by Anonymousreply 11306/07/2021

Even lower middle brow department stores like May Company had tearooms (the restaurant kind---they probably had the other kind, too)

by Anonymousreply 11406/07/2021

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.

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by Anonymousreply 11506/07/2021

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.


"The" Broadway

May Co.



I. Magnin

Great photos in this website - Van de Kamp windmill on the Von's market invokes an earlier age.

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by Anonymousreply 11606/08/2021

A Googie masterpiece!

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by Anonymousreply 11706/08/2021

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 Anonymousreply 11806/08/2021

Went for a walk today and took this pic for comparison...

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by Anonymousreply 11906/08/2021

I found this 1940's video of Burbank streets to be enjoyable so I thought I'd share.

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by Anonymousreply 12006/08/2021

Ape’s restoration of the Tower Theater in the Historic Core is glorious

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by Anonymousreply 12106/09/2021

The Pantages...downtown

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by Anonymousreply 12206/09/2021

I love old Bunker Hill!

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by Anonymousreply 123Last Tuesday at 10:18 AM

Fairfax and Santa Monica

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by Anonymousreply 124Last 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 Anonymousreply 125Last Tuesday at 8:26 PM

Looks pretty much the same except for the cars.

by Anonymousreply 126Last Wednesday at 9:55 AM
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