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Historical Hollywood Photos

Historical Hollywood Photos

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the website. With more than 8000 photos, covering over 90 subject matters, the website is the best way to look at, and purchase, historical Hollywood photos.


Early Hollywood

Hollywood's few residents were going about their business at the turn-of-the-century on pepper – tree shaded dirt streets, bordered by dirt sidewalks and curbs of rock from the fields under cultivation. Few of the citizens paid attention to the story that some fellow was making one of those new moving pictures in Los Angeles and on the beach at Santa Monica. None of the farmers, developers, and entrepreneurs who were busy expanding their little suburb could imagine that, owing to the motion pictures, their community was destined to become one of the most famous place – names in history. The history of Hollywood is best described in Bruce Torrence's book, Hollywood: the first 100 years. This definitive history contains more than 300 photographs and tells of Indians, Spaniards and Americans who settled the land; of Kit Carson passing through Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass to deliver the overland mail from the United States to Monterey; of the camels that once roamed free on Hollywood's Flatland. All of the photos in the book can be found on the website.


Hollywood Canteen Photos

The idea for the Hollywood Canteen was spawned after John Garfield visited the stage door canteen in New York City. After returning to Hollywood John Garfield met with Bette Davis to discuss establishing i Hollywood's own Hollywood Canteen. They wanted a place where servicemen, during World War II, could go, when in Hollywood, to dance, be fed and dance. After soliciting the assistance of Dr. Jules Stein they embarked on a campaign to solicit all of the motion picture guilds, unions and trade associations to help convert a building into the Hollywood Canteen.

After months of remodeling an old building on Cahuenga Ave., the Hollywood canteen opened on October 3, 1942 with Eddie Cantor as master of ceremonies. The grand opening was tailored like a premier at the Chinese Theater. After Bette Davis greeted all the visiting guests, everyone entered the Canteen to begin the evening’s festivities.

The Hollywood Canteen was for the exclusive use of enlisted servicemen during World War II. Officers were not allowed on the first floor. Employees of the entertainment industry were the only ones allowed to volunteer at the Canteen and it took about 300 volunteers each night to operate the Canteen. During the course of the Canteen’s three years existence, more than 3 million servicemen walked through its doors. The Hollywood Canteen was, by far, Hollywood's greatest contribution to the war effort. There are more than 300 Hollywood Canteen photos on the website.


Hollywood Stars Baseball Team

what do you wonder my hair Another popular Hollywood source of live entertainment was the Hollywood Stars Baseball Team.  In 1938, Robert Cobb, who owned the Brown Derby restaurants, engineered the acquisition of the San Francisco Mission baseball team. Upon moving to Los Angeles, the ball club changed its name to the Hollywood Stars, and joined the Pacific Coast league.

Once in the Southland the Stars played at Wrigley Field. Later, they moved to Gilmore Field which had been built in May 1939. In 1949, Fred Haney took over the managerial reins of the club and harvested two pennants. The club's ownership list red like a Hollywood's Who's Who: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Gary Cooper, Cecil B DeMille, Walt Disney, William Frawley, George Stevens, and Bing Crosby.

The Los Angeles acquisition of the Brooklyn Dodgers meant the ruin of the Pacific Coast league. The Hollywood Stars played their last game in front of 6354 spectators, on September 5, 1957.


The Palladium

Across the street from the popular nightclub, Earl Carroll's, was the Hollywood Palladium which opened its doors on October 31, 1940, exactly 4 months after Lana Turner, with a silver shovel, starred in the groundbreaking ceremony. The Hollywood Palladium was the dream child of Norman Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles times and owner of the property. Located on Sunset Boulevard, and occupying the entire block from Argyle to El Centro, the Palladium has entertained five United States presidents.

The famous auditorium has played host to more than 38 million people, including a galaxy of famous entertainment stars of the film, radio and television industry: Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Peggy Lee, and Martha Raye, just to name a few. Some of the worlds most famous bands have played at the Hollywood Palladium: Harry James, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller and Freddie Martin. One of Hollywood's most popular bandleaders, Lawrence Welk, appeared their weekly for more than 15 years. Over the years the Palladium has changed hands and has undergone multiple renovations.

Historical Hollywood photos and photos of the Hollywood Canteen, the Palladium and of the Hollywood Stars are on the website

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