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More Early Hollywood Photos

Sturtevant's Photo

One of  Hollywood's first residents ws Edmund Sturtevant, who devoted his land to the cultivation of tropical water lilies. In his Cahuenga Valley Gardens were rare species from South America, Japan and Egypt. The Lotus was his favorite, and it flourished in all sizes and tints. Most impressive to the tourists was his Victoria regina, whose pads were so large that they were able to support a child, and were so displayed for visitors. Photo from the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Hollywood Blvd. photo

1901 Hollywood Boulevard was originally called Prospect Ave. and Hollywood was known as the Cahuenga Valley. In 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley voted to incorporate...

Vintage and Rare Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Walk of Fame photo

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions. In 1958, the first eight celebrities to have their names placed in the Terrazzo sidewalk were Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Ronald Coleman, Burt Lancaster, Olive Borden, Edward Sedgwick, Louise Fazenda & Preston Foster. Of the eight, only Joanne Woodward posed by here Walk of Fame star. In the 1960s, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took over the responsibility of determining whose names were going to be placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After a while, the the dedication ceremonies were beginning to be attended by hundreds of adoring fans. Since then, thousands of celebrities have been inducted into the famous sidewalk. Hundreds of ...

Hollywood Photos from holywoodphotographs.com

VJ Day photo

When Japan surrendered during World War II (VJ DAY), thousands of Hollywood workers and residents flocked onto Hollywood Blvd. to celebrate the end of the war. The traffic came to a standstill while the happy crowd revelled in their excitement. It was like a ticker tape parade in New York, when workers in high rise buildings threw paper out of the windows. Photo is from the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Hollywood Theater photo

The Hollywood Theater was the second movie theater to be opened in Hollywood. The first was the Iris Theater which was in a store front,...

Vintage Photographs of Hollywood from hollywoodphotos.com

Farmes Market Photo

In 1934, the Farmers Market was founded near the intersection of Fairfax Ave. & Third Street inLos Angeles. For years, the Farmers Market was one of Hollywood's  most famous and popular tourist attractions. Most of the bus touring companies had their busses visit the Farmers Mrket. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Walk of Fame Photo

In 2010, country music star, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The first celebrity to pose by a Hollywood Walk of Fame star was Joanne Woodward. She was one of eight celebrities, including Ernest Torrrence, to be the first to be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From the hollywoodphotographs.com...

Historic Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Police Photo

In 1910, the residents of the City of Hollywood voted to have their small community annexed to the City of Los Angeles. The police department took over Hollywood's city hall and used it as Hollywood's police station. It was located at 131 Cahuenga Ave, just south of Hollywood Blvd. Photo from the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Pantages Theater photo

In 1950, the Academy Awards were held at the glamorous Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The Panages Theater was the last of the five palace type of theater built in Hollywood. The largest collection of Hollywood Theaters is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Pan Pacific Auditorium Photos...

Old Hollywood Banks Photos

Hollywood Banks

Guaranty Building and Loan Association

When the stock market crash occurred on October 29, 1929, it marked the beginning of the worst depression the country that ever seen. All facets of the economy were affected which caused factories by the hundreds to shut down. The Army of the unemployed grew rapidly and the bread lines lengthen. Wages were cut, mortgages foreclosed and hundreds of banks failed.

Bank of Hollywood Photo

Hollywood was no exception. Business generally, missing the customers support, was receding and the rents throughout Hollywood were being reduced. Many stores were vacated. One after another, properties having mortgages equal to half their value went into the hands of the creditors.

Certainly the most devastating blow to ever hit Hollywood happened on December 8 and December...

Largest Hollywood Photo Collection

Largest Hollywood Photos Collection

The largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are over 12,000 rare photos of Hollywood, including such subjects as Hollywood Theaters, Hollywood streets, Hollywood restaurants, Hollywood studios and Hollywood hotels.

First Hollywood Hotel

The first Hollywood hotel was the Sackett Hotel, located at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Avenue.  The hotel was, also, the location of Hollywood’s first post office.  It, also, had a popular confectionary store.

Hollywood Hotel Photos

A few years after the Sackett Hotel was built, the Hollywood Hotel was built. Located on the northwest Hollywood Hotel Photo...

Vintage Photos of Hollywood

Vintage Photos of Hollywood

With more than 12,000 vintage photos of Hollywood, the hollywoodphotographs.com 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 hollywoodphotographs.com 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

Hollywoodphotographs.com 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...

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...

Hollywood Photos Website #4

hollywoodphotos.com Website Part #4

Ken Murray’s Blackouts Photos

The hollywoodphotos.com website has the largest collection of photographs of the Ken Murray’s Blackouts.  Here is its history.

Almost everyone knows that Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world. In keeping with that tradition, Hollywood had the distinction of being the home of Ken Murray's Blackouts, the longest running variety review in the history of American legitimate theater. Murray started the year goers laughing in 1942 when the blackouts first opened at the El Capitan Theatre on Vine Street. Formerly known as a Hollywood Playhouse theater, its name was changed to the El Capitan Theatre by C.E. Toberman, who had recently acquired the theater.

Photo of Ken Murray's Blackouts...

Hollywood Photos Website Part 3

Hollywoodphotos.com Website Part 3

Hollywood Movie Studio Photos

The honor of having established the first Hollywood movie studio in Hollywood goes to the Nestors Film Company of Staten Island, New York. In October 1911, a small group from this film company arrived in Los Angeles to make movies.

The personnel of the company included David Horsley, proprietor of the concern; Al Christie, business manager and director of comedies; Tom Ricketts, dramatic and comedy director; Milton Faheney, director of Westerns; John Nicklaus, chief cameraman and laboratory expert; Thomas Briely, Carpenter, and many other support staff and actors.

The cast of players included Josephine Ditt, Dorothy Davenport, Alice Davenport, Eugene Ford, Victoria Ford, Mrs. William Farney, Jack Conway and several others.

Photo of Hollywood Movie Studio...

Hollywood Photos Website Part 2

Hollywoodphotos Website  Part 2

The hollywoodphoto.com website has the largest number of  vintage Hollywood photographs. There are more than 9000  rare  Hollywood photos, covering 92 subject categories.   Some of these include photos of streets, hotels, theaters, real estate developments, the Hollywood sign, and nightclubs. All of these photographs are available for purchase.

Photo of Florentine Gardens

Florentine Gardens Photos

Among Hollywood's hotspots, one of the biggest and flashiest was the Florentine Gardens, located at 5955 Hollywood Blvd. Even in a community never noted for modest standards, it was colossal. Not highly popular with most movie celebrities who preferred...

Hollywood Photos Website Part 1

Hollywoodphotos Website Part 1

The hollywoodphotos.com website is the largest photo and reference collection on the subject of Hollywood.  With more than 9,000 vintage Hollywood photographs, the website has 92 subject categories from which to choose.   Four of those categories include historical photographs of Barnsdall Park, Grauman’s Chinese Theater,Crossroads of the World and the Earl Carroll Nightclub.

Photo of Barnsdall Park

Barnsdall Park Photos

Long before the cultural movement was to strike Los Angeles, Aline Barnsdall purchased Olive Hill on June 3, 1919, for the purpose of establishing an art center. The property, consisting of 36 acres bounded by Hollywood...

Vintage Hollywood Photos on the hollywoodphotos.com Website

Vintage Hollywood Photos on the hollywoodphoto.com Website

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotos.com website.  There are more than 12,000 historical photographs on the website, covering over 90 subject categories.

The collection was started in 1970 by Bruce Torrence when his grandfather gave him about thirty vintage Hollywood photos.  Over time, this fabulous collection has grown to largest of its kind.  In 2000, Bruce developed a website called hollywoodphotos.com, which is connected to the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  Today, more than 100,000 people visit the website, many of whom purchase photos.

Hollywoodland Sign photo...

Paul DeLongpre Photos on www.hollywoodphotos.com website

Paul DeLongpre Photos On hollywoodphotos.com Website

One of Hollywood's most famous and popular residents was Paul DeLongpre.  The largest and collection of Paul DeLongpre’s home photographs is on the hollywoodphotos.com website. There are thousands of vintage photos of Hollywood on this popular website.

Paul DeLongpre was born in Lyon, France in 1855, reared and educated in Paris and at the age of 12, was painting flowers on fans. In 1874, he married Miss Josephine Estivenard. He had his first oil painting accepted and home in the Paris salon in 1876. Through the failure of a bank in Paris, he met financial ruin and in 1890, came to New York to begin life anew. In 1896, he staged a watercolor flower painting exhibition in New York. Three years later, he came to Los Angeles with his wife and three children, Alice, Blanche, and...

Great Historical Hollywood Photos

Great Historical Hollywood Photos

The largest photograph and reference collection on historical Hollywood is the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  With more than 9000 vintage Hollywood photos, covering over 90 subject categories, the hollywoodphotographs.com 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, hollywoodphotographs.com offers actual photos to its clients. Photos can range from 8X10 inches to as large as 50 inches wide. The photo lab used by hollywodphotographs.com...

Fabulous Historic Hollywood Photos

The Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photographs Collection

For many years, the hollywoodphotographs.com 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 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...

Classic Vintage Hollywood Photos from hollywoodphotographs.com

Hollywood Sign photo

In 1980, Dan Finegood and other Cal State Northridge students altered the Hollywood Sign to read HOLLYWEED in commemoration of the relaxed marijuana laws in California.

Hollywood Studio Club photograph

The Hollywood Studio Club opened its doors in 1917 on San Carlos Street. Within ten years, the club out grew its old building. They built a new clubhouse on Lodi St. inthe early 1930s. Here are some of the resident girls posing by a beautiful conveertible. 

Vintage Pan Pacific Photographs...