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Pickford, Fairbanks Goldwyn Studio Photos


Jesse Hampton Studios

In 1918, pioneer film producer, Jesse D. Hampton moved from the studio he rented on Fleming Street and built a new facility at Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.  Surrounded by hundreds of vacant acres in South Hollywood, the new studio included two large glass stages, offices and a small outdoor set at the rear of the property.  Employing some of the top stars of the day including, Blanche Sweet, J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, H.B. Warner and William Desmond, Hampton produced or directed a couple of dozen films with names such as “The Prodigal Liar” and “The Drifters.” 

Photo of Jesse Hampton Studio

Pickford – Fairbamks Studios

In 1922, after using the facility for three...

Hollywood Airfield Photos & History

Hollywood Airfield Photos & History

One of Hollywood's least known bit of history was that Hollywood had its own airfields, for a very short periods.  Airfields of the Hollywood aviators were often motion picture sets. Mostly open cropland at the time, the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles was the setting for hundreds of feature films and shorts. The largest collection of Hollywood Airfield photos is on the website.

Photo of DeMille Field

DeMille Aviation Fields

From the turn of the 20th century, oil wells and derricks peppered the landscape in the area just south of Hollywood. While while derricks were fast becoming part of the landscape around Wilshire Boulevard in the very early part...

Hollywood Stars Baseball Team Photos

The Hollywood Stars Baseball Team

The Hollywood Stars baseball team, which was a member of the Pacific Coast League from 1926 to 1935 and again from 1938 to 1957, was "a fun deal" that gave me "the best years of my life," according to Robert H. Cobb, its last president. The club was truly a civic venture which was both the pride and the pleasure of Hollywood's leading citizens.

Gilmore Field Photo

Hollywood’s First Baseball Team

Baseball first came to Hollywood, California, in 1926, when William H. Lane moved his Salt Lake City franchise to Los Angeles. Although his club played its home games in Wrigley Field, the recently-built home of the rival Los Angeles Angels, Lane called his team the Hollywood Stars.

Vintage Hollywood Stars Baseball Team Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood Stars Baseball...

Hollywood Fire Dept. Photos & History

Hollywood Fire Dept. Photos & History

As a result of the February, 1910 election, the residents of the City of Hollywood voted to annex their small community to the City of Los Angeles.

Vintage Hollywood Photos

The website has many vintage and historical photos of Hollywood Fire stations and equipment.  Many show the fire station on Cahuenga Ave., just south of Hollywood Blvd.

Prior to the annexation, all fire fighting had been performed by volunteer firemen who drove and operated horse-drawn fire equipment.  Shortly after the annexation in 1910, the City of Los Angeles established a firehouse known as Hose Company No. 7 at the southeast corner of Cahuenga and Selma Avenues.  Under the command of Chief Jack...

Vintage Hollywood Movie Premiere Photos

Hollywood Movie Premiere Photos

First Movie Premiere

The quintessential symbol of Hollywood, movie premieres have been around since the dawn of the movies. The first red carpet movie premiere took place in 1922 at the Egyptian theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Founded by Sid Grauman, the event was not only celebrating the opening of the Egyptian Theater but also the release of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks. In 1927, Grauman opened the Chinese theatre down the street, this venue still being known as the home for red carpet events. During World War 2, premieres were suspended but came back in full force after 1945.

1935 Carthay Circle Theater

The largest collection of Hollywood movie premieres is on the ...

Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Hollywood Studio Club Photos & History

Unquestionably, one of Hollywood's finest and most charitable institutions was the famous Hollywood studio club. Within five years from the time the first Indio settled in Hollywood, but once sleepy little community was inundated with hundreds of young girls, from all over the country, who had high hopes of instant stardom. Early in 1916, a group of these young movie hopefuls began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood public library to read plays together. Many of the girls were strangers, lonely as only a young girl in a strange city can be, and often were desperately discouraged.

1918 Hollywood Studio Club

Founding the Hollywood Studio Club


Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon Photos & History

Runyon Canyon runs from just above Franklin Avenue to Mulholland Drive, the tract was originally called No Man's Canyon and is believed to have been a campsite for the Gabrielino Indians.

First Runyon Canyon Owners

In 1867, the federal government deeded the canyon to "Greek George" Caralambo for his services in the U.S. Army Camel Corps. The infamous bandit Tubircio Vasquez was captured while hiding out in Caralambo's adobe and later hanged--but not in the canyon.

In 1919, Carman Runyon, a wealthy coal merchant from the East Coast, bought the canyon, giving it his name and using it as a riding and hunting retreat.

John McCormack's home in Runyon Canyon

San Patrizio

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Hollywood's earliest Rental Movie Studio


One of the lesser known, but oldest facilities in Hollywood was located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fleming Street (now Hoover Street). During its almost one hundred year history, the studio was occupied by several small motion picture companies, many of whom were the real pioneers of the film industry.

Lubin Manufacturing Co.

The studio’s history began in 1912 when, just a few months after the Nestor Film Company settled in Hollywood, a group with the Lubin Manufacturing Company established a studio at 1425 North Fleming Street.  Aa member in good standing with the powerful Motion Picture and Patents Company, Lubin began producing films in hopes that the Trust would buy them.  However, Lubin’s days were few.  By June, the plant closed and was in the charge of a caretaker.

Photo of Lubin Manufacturing Film Company...

Yamashiro Hollywood Photos & History

Yamashiro Hollywood Photos & History

The famous Yamashiro Hollywood has been a popular fixture in Hollywood for more than one hundred years.  First as a beautiful residence and then as a popular restaurant and hotel.

Yamashiro Hollywood Sold

Just recently, the Yamashiro Hollywood property was sold by the Tom Glover family to Chinese company, the JE Group. The price was about $40 million.  The property had been in the Glover family since 1949 and managed as a restaurant, hotel and apartments. The JE Group said is plans on sprucing up the buildings, including the restaurant, hotel and apartments.

1918 Yamashiro Hollywood

Vintage Yamashiro Photos

The largest...

Great Old Hollywood Blvd. Photos

1905 Hollywood Boulevard photo

Hollywood Blvd. was known as Prospect Ave. until the Hollywood Board of Trade changed its name in 1910. Prospect Ave. was, primarily, a residential street with a couple of commercial areas.Here is a 1905 photo showing a streetcar travelling down Prospect Ave. near Highland Ave. There are hundreds of vintage Hollywood photos on the website.

1923 Photo of Hollywood Blvd & Cahuenga Ave.

By 1923, twenty three years after the motion pictury industry settled in Hollywood, Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave. was a veery busy intersection. Here is...

Hollywood & Metropolitan Studios


Hollywood Studio Corporation

Recognized the increasing demand for modern “rental studios”, Hollywood real estate, and business developer, Charles E. Toberman, incorporated the Hollywood Studios Corporation in 1919.  The stockholders and officers were C.E. Toberman, President; C.W. Bradford, Vice President; John Jasper, Secretary and manager.  After several acres were acquired on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Las Palmas Avenue construction was begun.  As manager of the studio, Jasper oversaw the building of four large stages, dressing rooms, film viewing rooms, prop rooms and offices.  The stages resembled horticulturist hothouses with their steel frames, thick cloth walls, glass roofs and...

hollywood canteen Images

Great Historical Hollywood Photos

Great Historical Hollywood Photos

The largest photograph and reference collection on historical Hollywood is the website.  With more than 9000 vintage Hollywood photos, covering over 90 subject categories, the website is the best source to view old Hollywood images. All the photos are available for purchase. They offer both digital images as well as actual photographs and can be used for personal or commercial use. 

Digital Images

All the photos have been pre-scanned at 600 dpi, as tiff images.  However, if clients need images scanned at a higher resolution, it can be done. 

Actual Hollywood Photographs

In addition to digital images, offers actual photos to its clients. Photos can range from 8X10 inches to as large as 50 inches wide. The photo lab used by

Vintage Schwab's Pharmacy Photos & Images

Vintage Schwab’s Pharmacy Photos

When the widowed Lena Schwab opened a pharmacy in the 1920s to support herself and her four sons and two daughters, little did she know she had put in motion the early beginnings of a legend. All six of her children worked at the pharmacy, but it was Jack Schwab who found the Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard, and after Jack's death, his brother Leon took it over Leon understood the unique potential of a pharmacy nestled among the Hollywood studios, and from the first morning swabs open its doors and its counter for breakfast at 7 AM, it became the haven to hang out and the home away from home for the best and brightest of Hollywood's honchos as well as hopefulness.

Vintage photo of Schwab's Pharmacy patrons...

Hollywood Boulevard Photos & Attractions

Hollywood Boulevard Photos & Attractions

Hollywood is one of the most famous and well-known towns in the world. Because of this, Hollywood Boulevard is probably one of the most famous streets in the country.  Originally, Hollywood Blvd. was named Prospect Ave. and it was lined with residences, including the famous Paul DeLongpre home. The surface of the street was dirt or decomposed granite. Down the middle of Prospect Ave. were tracks on which the streetcars would run.  There were two commercial areas on Prospect Ave. The first was at Cahuenga Ave. where Daeida Wilcox donated and promoted this commercial area. The other was further west at the intersection of Highland Ave. It was here, on the northwest corner, that the famous Hollywood Hotel stood.

It wasn’t until 1910 that things began to...

Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs & Photos

Hollywood Walk of Fame Repairs

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is now getting a facelift due to damage caused by recent construction and the building of the Metro rail system that was built under the sidewalk at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.  The amount of disrepair that was allowed to continue, for years, was extensive.  Over the course of the past few years, a patchwork of repairs has been undertaken.  Patching cracks and uplifts with asphalt made the sidewalk look even worse.  Here’s a photo of a chain link fence that surrounds the area being repaired.  “Millions of people from all over the world have come to Hollywood and seen the Walk of Fame, and we want to make sure that it is still here for many future generations to enjoy,” Eric Garcetti said. “For the first...

More Hollywood Studio Photos

More Hollywood Studio Photos

The website has the largest collection of Hollywood Movie Studios. With more than 1500 vintage Hollywood Studio photographs, the hollywoodphotographs website sells both digital and actual images.

Vintage photo of early Hollywood movie studio

Universal Film Manufactirung Co.

Carl Laemmle’s Universal Film Manufacturing Company acquired Hollywood’s Nestor Film Company on the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and  Gower Street in 1912.  At the same time Universal expanded the studio by leasing the property on the southwest corner of the same intersection.  In 1914, after producing several...

Fabulous Historic Hollywood Photos

The Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photographs Collection

For many years, the website has been the largest collection of historic, advantage and spectacular photographs of the community of Hollywood. Starting in 1970, Bruce Torrence began collecting old Hollywood images. His grandfather, Charles E Toberman, was an early pioneer in the development of Hollywood. Arriving in Hollywood in 1906, Charles went into the insurance and real estate business. His first office was located on the south east corner of Prospect and Highland Avenues and consisted of a one room wooden structure. As he began to experience success, he built a brick structure just east of his original office.

Photo of Charles E. Toberman...

Hollywood Canteen History & Photos - Part 7

Hollywood Canteen Hostory & Photos – Part 7

Hostess Committee – Doris Stein

Without a doubt, some of the brightest jewels in the Hollywood Canteen’s crown were its faithful hostesses. Between 150 to 200 of them were needed nightly to keep the Canteen running; it also took an exceptional person to run the hostesses.

That woman was Doris Stein, “the leader of the pack.” (1)  She was the wife of Jules Stein, the MCA founder who had been so helpful to Bette Davis with the Canteen startup. As the spouse of such a powerful Hollywood figure, Doris herself became an important presence in the company town. Before the opening of the Canteen, it was Doris, as head of the Hostess Committee, who sounded the call for volunteers throughout the industry, which was met with great enthusiasm.

Once the Canteen was on its feet, Doris, assisted by Florence...

Hollywood Heritage

Hollywood Heritage

Preserving historic places in Hollywood, Los Angeles's most famous neighborhood, is a big job, but Hollywood Heritage Inc. has been doing just that for 35 years. The non-profit organization is dedicated to preservation and education about the early film industry.

Through the efforts of five women, Marian Gibbons, Mildred Heredeen, Christy (Johnson) McAvoy, Frances Offenhauser, and Susan (Peterson) St. Francis who noted the lack of a preservation organization and historical society in Hollywood and used their volunteer and professional expertise to fill that void. They incorporated Hollywood Heritage Inc. in 1980, with former Los Angeles County Supervisor John Anson Ford as Chairman of the Board.  In his first message to the members, Ford stated "We must strive to preserve Hollywood's...