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Los Angeles' Lost French Village from the 1920 California History, Vintage California, California Love, Southern California, Rare Photos, Old Photos, Classic Hollywood, Old Hollywood, Los Angeles Hollywood
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The Lost French Village of Hollywood

Once, long before the Hollywood Freeway obliterated everything in its concrete wake, there sat at the mouth of the Cahuenga Pass an enchanting little group of bungalows and artist’s studios known a…

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The Big A in 1977.

We went looking for a Los Angeles street scene for today's carspotting exercise simply because we haven't ventured to the City of Angels in a while, and we coul California History, Vintage California, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Urban Life, Los Angeles California, Hollywood, Historical Photos
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Los Angeles, 1958 | Hemmings Daily

We went looking for a Los Angeles street scene for today's carspotting exercise simply because we haven't ventured to the City of Angels in a while, and we coul

Helms Bakery truck, from my childhood memories of growing up in the San Fernando Valley. BEST DONUTS EVER! California History, Vintage California, Southern California, Culver City California, California Coast, Rat Rods, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Vintage Ideas
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Rolling L.A.'s Helms Bakeries Trucks Out of the Past | LAST ONE ON THE BUS

“Daily at your door” . . . that was the Culver City-based Helms Bakeries motto. Long-time Angelenos of a certain age will certainly recall the signature blue-and-creamy yellow Helms Bak…

Long Beach Pike The round 'Looff Roof' (bottom center of photo) was one of the very last pieces of the Pike they tried to save and restore. Now it's all gone to history. Long Beach Pike, Long Beach California, California History, Southern California, Lakewood California, California Vacation, Hotel California, Vintage California, Scene Image
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Long Beach Pike 1957

I found this old photo (dated 1957 on the back) in a box of my Dad's papers . The Cyclone Racer double wooden rollercoaster was partially on the beach by that time. When it was first built (originally called Silver Spray Pier) it was entirely out over the water. Ongoing construction of Long Beach Harbor over the years (off photo to the right) caused the Los Angeles River to divert sediment to the left of the harbor adding to the beach and pushing the shoreline further out. The round 'Looff…

We went looking for a Los Angeles street scene for today's carspotting exercise simply because we haven't ventured to the City of Angels in a while, and we coul California History, Vintage California, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Urban Life, Los Angeles California, Hollywood, Historical Photos
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Los Angeles, 1958

We went looking for a Los Angeles street scene for today's carspotting exercise simply because we haven't ventured to the City of Angels in a while, and we couldn't have found a more L.A. photo...

Cahuenga Pass near the Hollywood Bowl, 1928 - Bernelle McLevie The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills, Vintage Hollywood, Classic Hollywood, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Style, Jamaica, Barbados, California History
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Cahuenga Pass near the Hollywood Bowl, 1928 |

MARTIN TURNBULL - Author of "The Garden of Allah" series of novels set during the golden years of Hollywood

Nostalgia Summer Vintage photo of El Morro trailer park Laguna Beach California in the fifties. Orange County California, Vintage California, California Beach, Southern California, California Homes, Laguna Beach, The Beach, Long Beach, Summer Beach
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El Morro Beach, Laguna Beach, circa 1950

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From the now-iconic Griffith Observatory under construction in the Hollywood Hills, high above Los Angeles. The major location for "Abduction at Griffith Observatory," the third James Murray mystery, by Christopher Geoffrey McPherson. California History, Vintage California, California Dreamin', Los Angeles California, Mega Series, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, City Of Angels, Downtown Los Angeles

The Creation of LA's 'Most Recognizable and Beloved' Building

Griffith Observatory under construction (1933)

Vintage Hollywood Walk of Fame old photo of Vine Street, Capital Records, Dupar's Restaurant in Los Angeles. California History, Vintage California, California Dreamin', Los Angeles California, Hollywood California, California Attractions, Long Beach, Los Angeles Hollywood, Cities
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Capitol Records and Du'pars on Vine St. - Circa 1960

East Side Babylon Crime Bus Tour @ Philippe The Original (Los Angeles, CA) East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles California, California History, Southern California, Vintage California, Norwalk California, Whittier California, Tyre Companies
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Why LA’s Citadel looks like an ancient Assyrian palace

L.A.'s only outlet mall owes its architectural grandeur to 1920s Hollywood, a tire factory, biblical strongman Samson and an ancient Assyrian king.

The Reddi-Wip Building, located at 8025 Melrose Avenue on the northeast corner of Melrose and Laurel Avenue where Cisco Home is today (ca. Retro Advertising, Advertising Signs, Los Angeles Hollywood, Melrose Avenue, Unique Restaurants, The Golden Years, Roadside Attractions, Shoe Boutique, Ol Days

Reddi-Wip building, 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, circa 1957 |

I’m sure this huge can of Reddi-Wip was a landmark that was hard to miss when passers-by passed by the corporate headquarters at 8025 Melrose Ave. This photo was taken circa 1957, by which time Reddi-Wip (which is whipped cream in a spray can) had been around for nearly 10 years. Judging by that woman on the sidewalk, I’d say the can must have been around 12 feet tall, including the stand. I doubt that anybody was going to miss it so I’m not sure that she needs to be pointing it out to…

Long Beach CA. Before air conditioning people used to flock to the beach to cool off in the summertime. Long Beach Pike, Long Beach California, California History, Southern California, Vintage California, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Beach Photos, Cities
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1938-Aerial View Long Beach, CA

Beach umbrellas and beachgoers fill the sand in this aerial view of Long Beach Municipal Beach looking east. Swimmers crowd the surf. The tall building, top, is the Villa Riviera Hotel. Next to it is the Pacific Coast Club, and past that bluffs overlook strips of crowded beach. Photograph dated: July 24, 1938.

The Beatles were a great live band, but only three of their shows were ever professionally recorded. Now new technology takes those shows from The Hollywood Bowl and makes them sound better than ever. The Hollywood Bowl, Vintage Hollywood, Hollywood Lights, Hollywood Hills, Vintage California, California History, Southern California, Capitol Records, All Songs
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Pictures of the Beatlemania Arrives in Los Angeles From 1964 to 1966

Beatle fan frenzy in Los Angeles peaked each August from 1964 to 1966. The band performed at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 23, 1964, In 1965 th...

A shot of Union Station on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, circa California History, Vintage California, Southern California, Los Angeles Area, Downtown Los Angeles, Villas, Cities, Union Station, City Of Angels
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Los Angeles Union Station, 1940s.

Sign announcing the opening of the Brea Center in Things sure look quite a bit different now. Brea California, Southern California Beaches, Orange County California, California History, Vintage California, California Vacation, Asian History, British History, Tudor History
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These 13 Photos of Southern California In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing

These vintage photos of Southern California will take you on a rare trip back in time.