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Hollywood Images - Chapter One

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The largest collection of Hollywood images is on the web site.

With about thirty photographs, the collection was started forty years ago by Bruce Torrence. Of the more than 12,000 photos in the collection today, 6000 have been put on the web site.  With ninety subject categories from which to choose, anyone interested in Hollywod’s history will find the image(s) they wish to view.  

The ninety categories include such subjects as hotels & apartments, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Canteen, restaurants/nightclubs and theaters.  

Some of the most popular Hollywood images is of the Hollywood Sign.  Built in 1923,  the sign originally read HOLLYWOODLAND and was an advertising sign for a real estate development by the same name.  Other popular images are of the hand and foorprint ceremonies at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  Images of Joe E. Brown, Shirley Temple, Sophia Loren and Danny Kaye are but a few of the great photos of these famous celebrities.

One of Hollywood most well known landmarks was Schwab’s Pharmacy, located on Sunset Blvd, and across the street from the infamous Garden of Allah  Hotel.  It was as Schwabls that Sidney Skolsky gathered most of his material for his popular newspaper column.  Photos of such celebrities include Evelyn Keyes, Angela Lansbury, Dick Haymes and Edward Dmytryk.

Those interested in aviation will want to look at the photos in the Hollywood Airfields category.  Chaplin Airdrome and DeMille Field were two of the airfields at, what is now, the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave.  Another airfield, located at Venice Blvd. and Mildred Ave. in Venice, was the Ince Aviation Field.    

One the earliest Hollywood organizations was the Hollywood Studio Club.  Founded by Eleanor Jones and supported by Hollywood Studios and businessmen by provided rooms to those young women interested in becoming actresses.  Countless residents of the Studio Club eventually found fame including, Donna Reed, Kim Novak, Barbara Eden, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Morino.

All the images on the web site are available for purchase.

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