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The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the popular website. There are more than 12,000 vintage Hollywood photos on the website.  Visitors to the site are able to choose from over 90 subject categories in order to view historic Hollywood photos.

The Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photos collection was started in 1970, with about 30 photos, which were given to him by his grandfather, Charles E. Toberman.  Within a few years, the collection had several thousand vintage Hollywood photos.  The collection was made available to the public in 1975, when clients viewed the photos at the collection’s offices in Hollywood.  In 2002, when the internet became popular, Bruce Torrence developed the website.

Today, the Hollywood photo collection is available to anyone who has a computer.


Hollywood Sign Photos

Some of the most popular photos on the website are of the Hollywood sign.  Originally, the sign read HOLLYWOODLAND, which was built in 1923 to advertise the real estate development, below the sign.  Some of the earliest Hollywood sign photos show the construction of the sign.  One photo shows a workman standing in the middle of the letter “D”.  Other Hollywood sign photos show the dedication of the sign in late 1923, while many other photos show the sign when it was altered to HOLLYWOOD.  When the sign began to fall into disrepair, in the 1960s and 1970s, Bruce Torrence took hundreds of photos to add to his Hollywood photos collection. When the original Hollywood sign was torn down and replaced in 1978, hundreds of new photos were added to the collection.


Hollywood Hotel Photos

Vintage photos of Hollywood Hotels is another popular website category.  In the collection are rare photographs of the old Hollywood Hotel, which was located on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.  This famous hotel was built in 1902 and catered to many of Hollywood’s most popular movie stars. Other Hollywood hotel photos on the website include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Garden of Allah Hotel and the Hollywood Plaza Hotel.


Hollywood Restaurant Photos

Hollywood had the distinction of having some of the most famous restaurants in the world.  Unquestionably, the most popular Hollywood restaurant was the Brown Derby on Vine St.  Robert Cobb opened the Hollywood Brown Derby on Valentines Day in 1929, in a building erected by Cecil B. DeMille.  For many years, scores of movie stars dined at the  Brown Derby.  Another popular Hollywood eatery was Don The Beachcombers on McCadden Pl.  One the most popular restaurants, that catered to many of Hollywood’s elite, was Chasen’s on Beverly Blvd.  Each night, many movie stars would flock to the restaurant so they could be seen by public and other celebrities.  The website has vintage photos of other restaurants, including Ciro’s, Mocambo and Café Trocadero.


Hollywood Theater Photos

One of the largest collections of Hollywood theaters can be found on the website. Without question, the most famous Hollywood theaters is Grauman's Chinese theater. Built in 1927, Sid Grauman inaugurated the hand and foot print tradition in the forecourt of the theater. The first to place hand and footprints in wet cement, in the forecourt, were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Since then hundreds of Hollywood movie stars have followed suit by placing their hand and footprints at the theater. Hollywood boasted of having some of the largest and most ornate palace type theaters in the world. The first was Grauman's Egyptian theater which was built in 1922. The El Capitan Theatre was completed in 1928 by Charles E Toberman. The fourth Hollywood palace type theater was Warner Bros. on Hollywood Boulevard. The fifth, and probably the most ornate, was the Pantages theater, just east of Vine Street.


Hollywood Walk Of Fame Photos

The website has hundreds of Hollywood Walk Of Fame photographs.  Conceived in the mid-1950s, the walk of fame installed the first eight stars, in the terrazzo sidewalk, in 1958. Among the eight stars, were Ernest Torrence and Joanne Woodward.  Joanne was the first to pose by a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.  The official groundbreaking took place in 1960 and by late 1961, 1581 celebrities had stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is responsible for selecting whose name gets placed in the famous sidewalk. Approximately a dozen celebrities are honored by being inducted into the Walk of Fame. Every ceremony is witnessed by hundreds of movie fans, wanting to get a glimpse of their favorite entertainer.

Hollywood Photos Collection

The finest and most complete collection of Hollywood photos is on the website. All of the photos in this large collection are available for purchase. Both digital and actual photos can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

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