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More Vintage Photographs of Hollywood

Hollywood Airfield Photos

1919 Charles Chaplin and Syd Chaplin at their Chaplin Airdrome at Fairfax Ave. & Wilshire Blvd. From the website.

Garden of Allah Hotel photo

1935: The Grden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. was one of Hollywood's most famous hotels. Many of Hollywood's most famous and popular celebrities stay at this glamorous hotel. This photo is from the website.

Vintage photo of the Hollywood Canteen

The Hollywood Canteen on Cahuenga Ave was founded by Bette Davis and Garfield. It was a place where servicemen...

Photos of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photos of Hollywood Walk of Fame

On August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk of Fame would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward. Construction on the Walk was expected to begin shortly thereafter. However, two lawsuits were filed that delayed construction. The first was by property owners opposed to the assessment district, and the second was filed by Charlie Chaplin, Jr., seeking $400,000 in damages for the exclusion of his father from the Walk. In October 1959, Judge Fletcher Bowron ruled that the assessment was legal. Shortly...

Photos of Egyptian Theater and Chinese Theater

Photos of the Egyptian Theater and Chinese Theater

The largest and rarest photo collection of the Chinese Theater is owned by the website.  There are more than two hundred vintage photographs of this famous theater.

Egyptian Theater photo

Egyptian Theater

In late 1921, Sid Grauman contacted Charles Toberman to have him build a theater with an Egyptian motif.  After several months of construction the Egyptian Theater, located on Hollywood Blvd. was completed. On October 19,1922, Sid Grauman opened his new Egyptian Theater, on Hollywood Blvd.  To date, it was the...

Vintage Photos of Hollywood

Vintage Photos of Hollywood

With more than 12,000 vintage photos of Hollywood, the website is the finest and largest collection of its kind.  The collection was started in 1971 when Bruce Torrence began collecting old photographs of Hollywood.  Starting with thirty old photographs, which were given to him by his grandfather, Charles E. Toberman, the collection has grown to over 12,000 rare photos.  In 2001, Bruce developed and launched his website.  There are more than 90 subject categories including, Barnsdall Park, Cocoanut Grove, Hollywoodlnd, Hollywood Airfields, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, and many more.

Photo of Joanne Woodward...

Photos of Hollywood

Photos of Hollywood has the largest and finest collection of Hollywood photos. There are more than 12,000 images that cover 90 subject categories. All the photos are available for purchase.  The collection’s largest subjects are the photos of the Hollywood Canteen, the Hollywood sign and movie studios.  The following is a description of three other popular photo categories.

Hollywood Bowl Photo

Vintage photos of the Hollywood Bowl

The site of the Hollywood Bowl was chosen in 1919 by William Reed and his son H. Ellis Reed, who were sent to find a suitable location for outdoor performances by the members of the newly formed Theatre Arts Alliance headed by...

12,000 Vintage Hollywood Photographs

12,000 Hollywood Photographs

The 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 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...

Wallach's Music City Photos

Wallich’s Music City Photos & History

The beginning of the Golden age of radio took place when the country was in the throes of the Great Depression during the early 1930s. Sensing that radio was in a growth cycle Glenn Wallichs opened a small shop on Ivar Avenue, just south of Hollywood Boulevard, to sell and service radios for home and automobiles. he called his new store Wallich's Music City, and during the ensuing years, a range of merchandise was widely expanded, in 1940, extension dictated the need for larger quarters.

Music City Photo

New Music City Store

Wallich's Music City moved into a building on the northwest corner of ...

Hollywood School For Girls Photos

Hollywood School For Girls

The following history of the Hollywood School For Girls was published in the Fall edition of the magazine, Discover Hollywood.

One of the best kept secrets in Hollywood is a two-story wooden house that was once the Hollywood School for Girls. At the rear of the Woman’s Club of Hollywood property at 1749 N. La Brea Avenue, the school house began life as a private residence. The house was built for Charles Hanchett and his wife in 1903—the year Hollywood was incorporated.

In 1909, Miss Sophie Hogan was principal of a new school: The Hollywood School for Girls, situated on Sunset Boulevard and Hay Street. But in 1915, Charles Hanchett leased his two-storey home at 1749 N. La Brea to Miss Hogan as the new campus for the Hollywood School for Girls. Miss Hogan then sold her interest in the school to Miss Louise Knappen, a teacher...

Hollywood Palladium Photos

Palladium Photos & Histor

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Exactly 4 months after luscious Lana Turner, with a silver shovel, started in the groundbreaking ceremony, the doors of the now world famous Hollywood Palladium swung open to begin its colorful career of catering to the dining and dancing pleasures of film stars, world noted celebrities and a flow of tourists from all over the world.

Palladium photo

Hollywood Palladium’s Opening

The Hollywood Palladium was located on Sunset Blvd., just east of Vine St. That was the evening of October 31, 1940,...

Farmers Market Photos

Framers Market Photos

The website is the largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos, including photographs of the Farmers Market. Ther are more than 12,000 old Hollywood photographs, covering more than ninty subject categories. One of these categories is Farmers Market.

Photo of Farmers Market

Farmers Market History

The 1933, the only thing that was going well was the depression. Roger Dahlhjeln was working for a lady who owned a bakery and tea room where he kept the books for four dollars a week and all the date nut sandwiches he could eat. He noted that farmers were even worse off than he. Many of them tried to keep going by operating roadside...

More Historical Hollywood Photos

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Photographs of Hollywood Radio Stations Pt. 1

Photographs of Hollywood Radio Stations - Part 1

Radio’s  early history in Los Angeles was one of hit and miss, of trial and error – –  the identical experience of radio throughout the United States in the days of crystal sets and earphones. Radio broadcast began in Los Angeles in 1922 when four stations were established. Three of them – – KNX, KFI, and KHJ – – dominated local broadcasting from the beginning and continue to do so today, each representing the a major national chain. As elsewhere in the country, radio was considered merely a novelty in 1922. The develop meant ofKNX, the stormy petrel of early radio in Los Angeles, prior to its acquisition by the Columbia broadcasting system, was due to the originality and persistence of Guy C. Earl,  promotion manager of the Los Angeles evening express newspaper, who entered the radio Field in 1923 by arranging for his newspaper to give away 1000 crystal sets as part of a...

More Ken Murray's Blackouts Photos

El Capitan Theater photos

Ken Murray's Blackouts was the longest running theatrical production in the U.S. This a 1946 photo of the El Capitan Theaer on Vine Street, just north of Hollywood Blvd.

Photo of Ken Murray's Blackouts

Ken Murray was the founder and master of ceremonies at his famous "Blackouts." Here are many of the entertainers who performed at the theater. From the website.

Photograph of Ken Murray and Marie Wlison

Here is a photo of Ken Murray and his "sidekick" Marie Wilson. She played the dumb blond and...

Many Vintage Hollywood Photos

Gilmore Stadium Photo

1949: Gilmore Field was the home of the Hollywood Stars Baseball Team. Located on Beverly Blvd. near Fairfax Ave., the stadium was popular with Hollywood residents and many movie stars.

Photo of hollywood Blvd.

1936 Hollywood Blvd. was one the country's most famous shopping streets in the country.

Hollywood land sign photo

1936: The Hollywood sign originally read Hollywoodland.

Florentine Gardens Nightclub...

Vintage Hollywood Restaurant Photographs

Montmartre PhotoVintage Hollywood Restaurant Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood restaurant photos can be found on Bruce Torrence’s website.  There are hundreds of photographs covering more than 50 Hollywood restaurants.  

Montmartre Club

For years, Hollywood was known for many of the countries finest and most popular restaurants.

In addition to the increased retail business on Hollywood Boulevard, several fine restaurants and nightclubs have been established. One of the most popular, especially with the motion picture colony, was the Montmartre Cafe. Founded by Eddie Branstader in 1923, it was located on the second floor of the C. E. Toberman Building ...

Sunset Strip Photos

Sunset Strip Photos

The question of the geographic boundaries of Hollywood is been the subject of debate ever since the small community was annexed to Los Angeles in 1910. As mentioned earlier, the corporate limits of the city of Hollywood extended from Center Street (now Normandie Ave.)  on the east 2 Crescent Ave. (now Fairfax Ave.) on the west, and from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, to Beverly Boulevard on the south.

Sunset Blvd. photo

After annexation in 1910, Hollywood retained its identity as a district, with essentially the same boundaries as before. However, as Hollywood began to grow and gain in  the east and west boundaries were unofficially extended to Vermont Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard respectively.

Sunset Strip Boundaries


More Vintage Hollywood Restaurant Photos

Barney's Beanery photos

Opened in 1920, Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, was an instant success.

Brown Derby Photo

1939: The Brown Derby restaurant on Vine St., in Hollywood, was the second Brown Derby restaurant. The first restaurant was located on Wilshire Blvd. and was in the shape of a  derby hat. The Hollywood Brown Derby was very popular with both Hollywood residents, businessmen and entertainment personalities.

Musso Frank Photo

Musso-Franks Grill on Hollywood Blvd. is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood....

Hollywood Sign Photos & History

Hollywood Sign Photos & History

After the motion picture industry settled in Hollywood in 1910, Hollywood began to experience explosive growth.  As Hollywood’s population grew, so did the demand for housing. 

Hollywoodland photo


On March 31, 1923, to help satisfy this need, Harry Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Moses H. Sherman, Director of the Pacific Electric Railway Company, and his brother-in-law, E. P. Clark, announced the formation of a syndicate to develop a real estate tract known as Hollywoodland.  Located at the north end of Beachwood Canyon, the 640 acre parcel had been acquired by Clark and Sherman in July,...

Vintage Hollywood Bowl photos

Vintage Hollywood Bowl Photos and History

By 1951, the Hollywood Bowl was experiencing tremendous financial difficulties. Whatever the reason, the brutal fact remain that attendance of the first week of the 1951 season averaged only 4795 customer per performance – an audience so small that it literally rattled around the enormous Hollywood Bowl. It should be noted that the capacity of the bowl was over 17,000 attendees.

Hollywood Bowl Photo

It was apparent that if something wasn't done quickly the bolt would be forced to close. The Board of Directors of the famous amphitheater porn appointed an executive and reorganization committee headed by Dorothy Buffum Chandler, wife of Norman Chandler,...

Hollywood's Rudolph Valentino Statue

Hollywood’s Rudolph Valentino Statue

Rudolph Valentino was born on May 6, 1985 and wasn't Italian actor naturalized American started in many well-known silent films including the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this sheet, blood and Sand, the Eagle, and the son of the chic. He was an early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, who was known as the lead lover or simply as Valentino. He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his untimely death at age 31, which cause mass hysteria among the female fans and further propelled him to iconic status.

Valentino's crypt photo

Rudolph Valentino's Death

His death left the movie world in a state of shock. Valentino's funeral in New York was the...