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Historic Photos of Hollywood

Historic Photos of Hollywood

For many years, Hollywood has been the subject of  thousands of news shows, documentaries, newspaper articles, movies and television shows.  The most complete website that deals with Hollywood history and historic Hollywood photos is the website.

With more than 8,000 historic photos of Hollywood, is the largest and most complete collection of historic Hollywood photos in the world. The website has more than 90 subject categories from which to choose.

The collection was founded by Bruce Torrence in 1970 and, today, it is one of the most popular photograph websites on the internet.  Some of the interesting subject categories include, Hollywood Aerials, Cahuenga Pass, Gilmore Field, Hollywood Blvd., Theaters, and Schwab’s Pharmacy.

Brown Derby

Brown Derby Restaurant

The Brown Derby Restaurants is an interesting category because it was one of the most popular restaurants in Hollywood’s history.  The first Brown Derby restaurant was located on Wilshire Blvd. and was in the shape of a derby hat.  With the success if the first restaurant, a second restaurant was opened on Vine St., just south of Hollywood Blvd.  Later, two other restaurants were opened, one in Beverly Hills and the other in the Los Feliz area.  The website has over one hundred historic photos of all the Brown Derby Restaurants. Many include some of Hollywood’s most popular celebrities eating at the restaurants – Clark Gable and Carol Lombard, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Rita Hayworth.

Schwab's Pharmacy

Schwab’s Pharmacy

The Schwab’s Pharmacy was, arguably, the most famous and popular drug stores in the country.  Started in the 1930’s, the pharmacy catered to some of Hollywood’s most elite, popular and famous celebrities.  Everyone from James Dean to William Holden had their prescriptions filled by Schwab’s.  In addition, there was a very large newspaper/magazine stand, sundry display cases and a popular eating counter.  It wasn’t uncommon to see many of Hollywood’s elite having breakfast or lunch at the eating counter.  One of the country’s most popular film columnist, Sidney Skolsky, wrote most of his columns at Schwab’s Pharmacy and had them appear in most of the country’s most circulated newspapers.

Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Blvd.

Another popular subjects of Hollywood photos is Hollywood Blvd.  This famous street was originally known as Prospect Ave. and was the main street of the sleepy community, known as the Cahuenga Valley.  In 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley elected to incorporate their community and they called it Hollywood.  When the City of Los Angeles annexed Hollywood, Prospect Ave. was renamed Hollywood Blvd.  This popular street became one of the country’s most famous shopping streets in the country.  Many rare and historic photos of Hollywood and Hollywood Blvd. are on the website.  Some of the photos are of Hollywood Blvd. when it was a dirt road, lined with Pepper Trees.

Chinese Theater

Hollywood Theaters

Hollywood is probably best known some of the most popular and beautiful theaters in the world.  The first “palace” type theater was Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, built in 1922.  This was followed by the construction of the El Capitan Theater, in 1926.  The third palace type theater was Grauman’s Chinese Theater, built in 1927.  The other theaters were Warner Bros. Theater and the beautiful, Pantages Theater.  Today, Grauman’s Chinese Theater is the most popular tourist attraction in Hollywood.  This is due to the hand and footprints that have been placed in the theater’s forecourt by some of Hollywod’s most talented celebrities.

Historic Hollywood Photographs is the largest collection of historic Hollywood photos in the world.No other website has the number and quality of historic photos of Hollywood as does  All of the photos on the website are available for viewing and purchasing.


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