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Hollywood Photos Collection

Hollywood Photos Collection

The largest number of Hollywood photos is on hollywoodphotos website.

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Collection Started

In 1970, Bruce visited his grandfather's office (C. E. Toberman) and while he was there noticed some old Hollywood photos on the walls. After inquiring about the photos, Bruce's grandfather told him to go into the hallway and look in one of the file cabinets for some more vintage photographs. In the file cabinet were about 30 old Hollywood photos, dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Bruce's grandfather first came to Hollywood in 1904 but returned to Texas shortly thereafter. In 1906, he and his wife Josephine returned to Hollywood and remained there until their deaths in 1968 and 1981. Charles’ uncle,  James Toberman, was the former mayor of the city of Los Angeles.

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Hollywood Buildings

Charles went into the insurance business in Hollywood and later, went into the real estate sales and real estate development business. Over the course of the next 60 years, he developed more real estate businesses than any other person in Hollywood's history. His developments included such buildings as, Grauman's Chinese theater, Grauman's Egyptian theater, El Capitan Theatre, the Outpost Estates, First Federal Savings and Loan of Hollywood, First national Bank of Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl, and many other buildings and corporations in Hollywood.

After Bruce looked at his grandfather's vintage Hollywood photos, Bruce became interested and committed to collecting more old Hollywood photographs.  In the beginning, he spoke to as many Hollywood pioneers to see if they would loan or give him their vintage photos. Later, Bruce contacted all of the churches, service organizations and businesses to see what old photos they had. Many of them, simply, gave him their photographs.

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Collection Expanded

Within a few years, Bruce had collected five or 6000 vintage Hollywood photographs.  Because the collection had grown so large, it was necessary to segregate the photos into categories.   Those Hollywood photo categories included such subject matters as, the Hollywood Bowl, Sunset Boulevard, restaurants, and movie studios.  He made his collection available to the public for the purpose of selling copies of the original photos. People would make appointments to come to his office to view ands purchase photos. By 1990, the collection had grown to a little over 10,000 photos.

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hollywoodphotos.com website

In 1996, the Internet was born. In 2001, Bruce developed a websites called hollywoodphotographs.com and hollywoodphotos.com and put about 3000 photographs on the website. By doing so, Bruce made the collection available to anyone with a computer. As time went on, more and more photographs were added to the website, and today there are about 12,000 images on the site. Visitors to the website have the luxury of choosing from about 90 subject categories, including Hollywood Boulevard, nightclubs, and the Hollywood Canteen.

Hollywood Photos

All the vintage Hollywood photos are available to purchase and can be done so for either personal or commercial use. In addition to digital images, the website will also provide actual photographs up to as large as 6 feet long.

To view the 8000 photos, visit hollywoodphotos.com.

 

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