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Los Angeles' Lost French Village from the 1920 California History, Vintage California, California Love, Southern California, Rare Photos, Old Photos, Los Angeles Hollywood, Hollywood Homes, San Fernando Valley

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, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Los Angeles California, Hollywood, San Luis Obispo, Historical Photos, Old Photos

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, California Coast, Rat Rods, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Vintage Ideas, Cities

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, Hotel California, Vintage California, Types Of Photography, Thats The Way

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…

Mulholland Highway curving around Beachwood Canyon, Hollywoodland, Los Angeles, circa California History, Vintage California, California Dreamin', Hollywood California, Old Pictures, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, Beachwood Canyon, San Fernando Valley

Mulholland Highway curving around Beachwood Canyon, Hollywoodland, Los Angeles, circa mid-1920s

Mulholland Highway sounds like an overly grand name for a road that curves around the western edge of Beachwood Canyon in the Hollywood hills for maybe a couple of mines but hey, LA is built on grand dreams. Like most of the roads in Hollywoodland, the highway (not to be confused with Mulholland Drive) was built in the mid-1920s before, as we can see here, hardly any of the houses started appearing.

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

Cahuenga Pass near the Hollywood Bowl, 1928

This shot of the Cahuenga Pass near the Hollywood Bowl was taken in 1928. These days, unless you’re driving down there first thing in the morning, that area can be a bit of a nightmare, traffic-wis…

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, Los Angeles Area, Downtown Los Angeles, Mega Series, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park

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

Griffith Observatory under construction (1933)

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, San Fernando Valley, City Of Angels, Los Angeles California, Hollywood, San Luis Obispo, Historical Photos, Old Photos

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...

East Side Babylon Crime Bus Tour @ Philippe The Original (Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles County, Los Angeles California, California History, Southern California, Norwalk California, Vintage California, Tyre Companies, San Fernando Valley, Tour Tickets

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.

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, 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.

The Reddi-Wip Building, located at 8025 Melrose Avenue on the northeast corner of Melrose and Laurel Avenue where Cisco Home is today (ca. Shoe Advertising, Advertising Signs, Vintage California, California Dreamin', Melrose Avenue, Unique Restaurants, 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…

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, Hollywood Hills, Vintage Hollywood, Hollywood Lights, Capitol Records, American Tours, All Songs, Sounds Good, Ringo Starr

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...

Rare Photos of the Lost French Village of Hollywood in the ~ vintage everyday Rare Photos, Old Photos, Garden Of Allah, Hotel California, Southern California, California History, Los Angeles Neighborhoods, Hollywood Boulevard, Hooray For Hollywood

French Village at Cahenga and Highland cornerThis little nestle of buildings was known as the French Village. It was set on a triangular plot of land at the point where Highland Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard converged as they entered the Cahuenga Pass. This puts it roughly across the street from the front entrance of the Hollywood Bowl. It opened in 1920, and throughout the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the French Village was home to a revolving community of actors, writers, costume designers, dance…