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Hollywood Photos Website Part 2

Hollywoodphotos Website  Part 2

The 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.

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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 the exclusive intimacy of such places as Ciro’s, the Trocadero, and the Mocambo, the noisy barn-like club went in for quantity rather than quality. It managed to pack its 500 seats almost nightly. The inducement was a floor show that was a mixture of excitement, sex, and audience participation. Nils Thor Granlund staged the shelves. In a  large measure, the success of the gardens was due to the fact that people will pay well for the privilege of watching tall, handsome showgirls arrayed around in various stages of dress. Aside from the beautiful girls, a variety of acts entertained the customers. The Flying Herzogs was a trapeze circus act which held Florentine Gardens audiences in suspense when they perform high above the stage floor.

In 1938, Guido Bracchini organized the Florentine Gardens which had its opening on December 28, 1938 with Al Norton as master of ceremonies and Emil Baffa and his orchestra. For $2.50 the participants were given dinner and could dance. The club was not very successful, so by 1941 or 1942, the management of the club changed hands to Mr. Frank Bruni who initiated a variety of floor shows which included various acts plus scantily clothed girls. Even arrange for big-name entertainers to appear at the club. Such personalities including Paul Whitman and his orchestra, Sophie Tucker, Harry Richman and his band, Willie Howard, the Mills Brothers and Yvonne DeCarlo. Nils Thor Granlund (NTG) was the dynamic master of ceremonies who encouraged audience participation.

During the second world war, servicemen were admitted without charge and were seated in a special reserve section to watch the show.  the Florentine Gardens filed bankruptcy in 1948, however, under new management, it continued as a restaurant using the same name, until it finally went out of business in 1954.

Brown Derby Photo

Old Hollywood restaurant Photos

Over the course of the past 100 years Hollywood has boasted of having some of the most popular and lavish restaurants and nightclubs in the country. However, not all were lavish and popular. There were hundreds of small but intimate restaurants that existed during the course of Hollywood's incredible history. Some of these included the Hollywood Roof Ballroom at 1549 North Vine St., Pig ’N Whistle at 6714 Hollywood Blvd., Henry's delicatessen at 7050 Hollywood Blvd., Armstrong- Carlton Café at 6600 Boulevard and Montmartre Café at 6763 Hollywood Blvd.

In addition to the above-mentioned places Hollywood had many other fine clubs and restaurants. The plush “IT” Café, named for its owner, silent screen star, Clara Bow, was one of Hollywood's premiere glamour spots, with dancing and floor shows a nightly feature. Located at 1637 Vine St., the famous club was popular with both local residents and tourists. Just around the corner, at 6160 Hollywood Blvd., was that Toad In The Hole, a favorite with Hollywood socialites. Other well-known places included Al Levy's Tavern We Find St., Café Lamaze on Sunset Boulevard, Tick Tock Tea Room at 1716 North Cahuenga Ave., Mike Lyman's Hollywood Grill, and Tom Breneman's restaurant on Vine Street. The oldest restaurant in Hollywood is Musso & Franks Grill on Hollywood Boulevard. Originally located at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. the restaurant was founded in 1919 by John Musso & Frank Toulet.  Today,  the restaurant is still very popular with Hollywood residents and many Hollywood celebrities.

Photo of Outpost Estates

Hollywood’s Outpost Estates Photos

 Unquestionably Hollywood's most popular and  prestigious real estate developments is the Outpost Estates in the hills north of Franklin Avenue and west of Highland Avenue.  In 1924, CE Toberman offered the first tract of the outpost estates to the public.  Nestled in the foothills just above the site of Hollywood's first Adobe, built in 1853 by Don Tomas Urquidez,  the development was an immediate success. The Outpost Estates offer wide concrete streets and sidewalks, ornamental streetlights, sewer and underground utilities.  Building restrictions such as tile roofs and plastered exterior walls were imposed to assure conformity and resistance from brushfires. Each site had its own setback line and all plans had to be approved and endorsed by an architectural committee. The outpost's estates residents enjoy the convenience of close proximity to business shopping and amusement centers while outpost homes are sheltered from the noise and in of the busy boulevard by their picturesque and rugged hillside settings.

The development, whose lots ranged in price from $3500-$50,000 sold out shortly after it was offered to the public. Buyers consisted of some of Los Angeles is most prominent physicians, attorneys, businessmen and entertainers. During the next 20 years, additional tracts in the outpost estates were developed. They too, were quickly acquired by anxious buyers. It's safe to say that the outpost estates was both the most prestigious and successful residential development in Hollywood's history.

To view the largest collection of Outpost Estates photographs, visit the website.  There are more than 300 historical and rare photos of the Outpost Estates.

Photo of Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard Photos

Without a doubt, Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most well-known and famous streets in America.  Originally known  as Prospect Avenue, the street was almost exclusively residential until about 1920.  Hollywood was originally known as the Cahuenga Valley until  1903, when the residents voted to change the name of their community to Hollywood. Less than seven years later, the residents elected to annex Hollywood to the city of Los Angeles.  The last official act of the Board of Trustees was to rename Prospect Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard. As mentioned above, Hollywood Boulevard was lined, primarily, with single-family residences. The street itself consisted of hard packed dirt and gravel and down the center were streetcar tracks for the streetcars  that would travel from Los Angeles to Santa Monica. In 1911, the Nestors film company traveled from Staten Island to Hollywood and rented a former tavern on the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street. It wasn't long before other film companies decided to make Hollywood their home. As movies became more and more popular, more and more studios peppered the Hollywood landscape. Hollywood than experience explosive growth, not only in population, but also, the construction of residences and commercial buildings. By 1915, Hollywood Boulevard began the transition from a residential street to a commercial Boulevard.

The website has hundreds of magnificent, vintage photographs of Hollywood Boulevard. It is the largest collection of photographs and reference material on the subject of Hollywood. All photographs in the collection are available for purchase.

It wasn't long before hotels, stores, theaters and restaurants lined Hollywood Boulevard. By 1930, Hollywood Boulevard boasted of having five of the most famous, ornate and lavish theaters in the world, including Grauman's Chinese theater and the Pantages theater. Hotels such as the Hollywood Hotel in the Roosevelt Hotel were extremely popular.

Until the end of World War II, Hollywood Boulevard was one of Southern California's most popular shopping locations. However, when servicemen returned after the war, there was a migration to the suburbs of Los Angeles. As these communities began to grow, retailers realized that it was important to establish and shopping areas within these communities. As a result, Hollywood's popularity as a shopping center began to fade. By the early 1960s, Hollywood Boulevard had fallen out of grace and its appearance was a bit seedy. For years Hollywood Blvd. was far from glamorous. Many of the store's were unsightly and most of the restaurants left the area. Lately, there seems to be a resurgence in the quality of stores and structures on Hollywood Boulevard.



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