What Los Angeles Looked Like In Its Glory Days


The “HOLLYWOODLAND” sign was built in 1923 to advertise a new housing development in the Hollywood hills. In 1949 the “LAND” portion of the sign was removed to reflect the neighborhood rather than the housing development.

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A model demonstrates a motorized “Aquaplane,” which was put on display at the L.A. Inventor’s Convention in Dec. 5, 1938.

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Aerial view of Los Angeles at night from the Griffith Observatory, 1962.

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Three women enjoy their pool-side drinks and cigarettes, mid 20th century.

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On the left, a night view is shown of Hollywood and Vine in 1958. To the right, an aerial view of Los Angeles.

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Female trainees of the Los Angeles Police Department get used to firing their newly issued revolvers, March 6, 1948.

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A women poses by a backyard pool in Bel Air, 1962.

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A submerged car is ‘parked’ in a swimming pool by its drunken owner in Beverly Hills, California, May 4th, 1961.

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Resting on the shore of the pacific, 1937.

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The Beatles play around on the diving board of their Hollywood Hills hideout during their 1964 tour.

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To the left, Clint Eastwood swims with his then-wife Maggie, outside their Hollywood home. To the right, a typical poolside scene at a Los Angeles hotel.

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A group of photographers crowd model Lonnie Carey as she leans against a coin-operated telescope at Griffith Observatory.

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Portrait of the Caprini Sisters seated in the front seat of a convertible in Hollywood, 1945.


Actress Elizabeth Taylor holds the golden Oscar she won as 1960’s “Best Film Actress” on April 19, 1961.

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Actress Kim Novak is shown training at the ranch of Glenn Randall for her upcoming film “The Great Bank Robbery,” 1968.

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On the left, Italian actor Sophia Loren leaves imprints of her hands in wet cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, 1962. To the right, actor Sidney Poitier imprints his hands in the wet cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 1965.


Grace Kelly begins work with Frank Sinatra on the film “High Society”, 1956.

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The corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, circa 1958.

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The Will Rogers State Beach and Pacific Coast Highway seen from the hillside, 1960.

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