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12,000 Vintage Hollywood Photographs

12,000 Hollywood Photographs

The Hollywoodphotographs.com website is the largest collection of vintage Hollywood photographs, with over 12,000 photos.  The website has more than 90 subject categories of photos from which to view and purchase. In addition to the photos, the hollywoodphotographs.com website has hundreds of blogs covering much of Hollywood’s illustrious history. Here are three of the ninety categories of photos that are on the website. 

Hollywood Canteen photo

Hollywood Canteen Photos & History (Part 1)

In early 1942, Bette Davis and John Garfield met at the Warner Bros.’ commissary to discuss the formation of the Hollywood Canteen.   John recently returned from New York where he attended the Stage Door Canteen, which was founded and operated by the city’s theatrical industry.  Both Bette and John agreed that Hollywood needed to have it’s own canteen.  John persuaded Bette to become the canteen’s president.  The two contacted all of the entertainment industry’s studios, unions, guilds and agencies to solicit their assistance in forming Hollywood’s own canteen. All were greatly supportive.

Both Bette and John realized they needed financial guidance in order to be successful.  Bette, who was represented by the Music Corporation of America, met with Dr. Jules Stein who was the head of MCA.  She asked him to be part of the canteen, but he refused.  It was widely known the Dr. Stein preferred to stay out of the limelight and, simply, be in the background. After Bette stated that they needed him for his business acumen said he didn’t have to be on stage, he agreed to participate. 

After several meeting between Bette, John & Jules, a Board of Directors was appointed, who agreed that the name for their canteen should be Hollywood Canteen.  In August, 1942, Bette & John located a suitable building for their Hollywood Canteen.  Located at 1451 N. Cahuenga Ave., the building had last been a failed nightclub called The Red Barn. A lease was signed at a rate of $100 per month and for the duration of the war.

All of the entertainment industry’s unions and guilds volunteered their time and material to renovate the old building. After months of exhaustive restoration, the building was ready the Canteen’s Opening.

Even though the building was ready, the Canteen needed to have volunteers that would operate it every night.  It was decided that the only people who were allowed to volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen were those who were employed in any facet of the entertainment industry. This included celebrities, studio secretaries, script writers, prop room workers, radio employees, etc. Once people learned that the Canteen was looking for volunteers, thousands od people signed up. Because of the war, the FBI required all volunteers to be fingerprinted, have their photo taken and keep their ID card with them while at the Canteen.

The largest collection of Hollywood Canteen photos in on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  There are over 350 rare photos showing servicemen and volunteers playing at the Hollywood Canteen.

Movie studio photo

Hollywood Movie Studio Photos

The subject category with the largest number of Hollywood photographs is Hollywood movie studios.  There are more than 1,500 rare and vintage photos of over 80 movie studios on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. 

First Hollywood Movie Studio

In the beginning,  almost all film production companies were located in Chicago and on the east coast.  Because all movies were made out of doors and the sun used as illumination, weather was a big consideration.  If it rained or snowed, filming stopped.  Winter was, also, a reason why filming came to a halt.  In 1907, Col. William Selig, owner of the Selig Polyscope Film Co., sent a film crew to the west coast to see about making movies. They rented a former Chinese laundry and made a few film, including “The Heart of the Race Tout”. From Los Angeles, Selig moved his studio to Edendale, California.  In 1909, other film production companies established in southern California. The New York Motion Picture Company established a studio in Edendale and later settled in the Santa Monica mountains. Biograph established a studio in Los Angeles, while Kalem moved to Glendale.

The distinction of having established the first permanent studio in Hollywood was the Nestors Film Co.  Moving from Staten Island, the film troupe rented the former Blondeau Tavern, in October 1911. Located on the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave, the former tavern was converted to a makeshift movie studio. 

The collection of Hollywood movie studio photos include images of such studios as MGM, Samuel Goldwyn, Warner Bros., Mack Sennett, Ince, Essanay, Columbia, Sterling, Reliance, Griffith,Clune, etc.

Hollywood Restaurant and Nightclub Photos

Unquestionably, Hollywood could boast of having the greatest number of famous, glamorous and popular nightclubs and restaurants.  Over the past forty years, the hollywoodphotographs.com website has amassed the largest collection of Hollywood restaurant and nightclub photos.

Brown Derby photos

The Brown Derby Restaurant was, probably, the most popular and longest lasting Hollywood restaurant. Located on Vine St., just south of Hollywood Blvd., the Brown Derby was popular with members of the film industry and Hollywood’s business residents and business community.  Founded in the 1930’s by Herbert Somborn, it was, later, purchased by Robert Cobb. It was he who developed the recipes for the famous “Cobb Salad”.   The Brown Derby chain included locations on Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills and Los Feliz.   After fifty years of serving some of the best food in Hollywood, the Brown Derby closed its doors in 1985. Two years later, the building was destroyed by fire and demolished in 1988.

Other famous and glamorous Hollywood restaurants and nightclubs included the Earl Carroll Theater, the Moulin Rouge, Ciro’s, Mocambo, Café Trocadero.

Visit the hollywoodphotographs.com website to view the rarest collection of vintage Hollywood photos.

 

 

 

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