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Los Angeles' Lost French Village from the 1920 Hooray For Hollywood, Golden Age Of Hollywood, Classic Hollywood, Vintage Hollywood, California History, Vintage California, California Love, Southern California, Rare Photos

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…

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, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Vintage Photographs, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Los Angeles Area

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

Walter Knott, the man who purchased a ghost town in San Bernardino County, CA California History, Vintage California, Southern California, San Bernardino California, San Bernardino County, Disneyland Tickets, Vintage Disneyland, Calico Ghost Town, Knotts Berry

Walter Knott's other Ghost Town

With Walter Knott still on my mind it seemed like a good time to post my Calico Ghost Town ticket collection. One Ghost Town wasn’t enough for Mr. Knott, he went and purchased a real ghost town out in the desert back in 1951. Check out Daveland's super vintage Calico photos page (link) on his excellent website. These Maggie Mine tickets look and feel (and smell) extra vintage. The tale of the mine continues on the back. These tickets for the “Glory Tunnel” appear to be for the same…

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, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Vintage Photographs, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Los Angeles Area

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...

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

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…

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

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, The Beach, Long Beach, Summer Beach, California History, Pacific Coast

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, Southern California, California Living, Los Angeles Area, Downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, City Of Angels

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

Griffith Observatory under construction (1933)

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

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, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles Hollywood, Unique Restaurants, The Golden Years, Unique Buildings

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, Vintage California, Southern California, Cities, San Luis Obispo County, Surf City, Famous Places

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.

Sign announcing the opening of the Brea Center in Things sure look quite a bit different now. Brea California, California Sign, Southern California Beaches, Orange County California, California History, California Vacation, Vintage California, Old Photos, Vintage Photos

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.

The Hollywood Bowl with its first stage – wooden platform with a canvas top, 1922 Hollywood Theater, The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Photo, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Vintage Hollywood, Classic Hollywood, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Garden Of Allah

The Hollywood Bowl with its first stage – wooden platform with a canvas top, 1922 |

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