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View looking north up Vine Street toward the the Hollywoodland sign, shortly…

View looking north up Vine Street toward the the Hollywoodland sign, shortly after it was installed in the Hollywood Hills in Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Here we have a photograph that is supposed to be showing streetcar safety. This is the corner of Hollywood and Vine in 1952. You see that narrow strip of road with the painted border? The one that the streetcar passengers alight into? I think that was supposed to be the safety zone...although how exactly that kept you safe from drivers rushing to catch the light, I’m not sure.

Hollywood and Vine appears unusually empty in this 1952 photo, taken during a civil defense air raid. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Los Angeles Examiner Collection.

Early version of the California Incline, 1905. The California Incline is a slanted road in Santa Monica, California, connecting Ocean Avenue with the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). It technically runs along California Avenue, a major east-west street in Santa Monica.

View of the Santa Monica shoreline from Palisades Park, circa The tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence R. run where Pacific Coast Highway is today. To the right, a motorcar ascends an early version of the California Incline.

Men in Lankershim, now North Hollywood, in a field of pumpkins in 1915. Pumpkins were sometimes called "Lankershim oranges" at that time. Weddington Family Collection.

Pumpkin field in Lankershim, The area was previously known as Toluca. In Lankershim was renamed North Hollywood.