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Silent Era Movie Making and Vintage Photos

The following is an article that appeared in the Discover Hollywood Magazine.

Early Movie Studios

Glamour.  Scandal.  Riches.  The silent film era during the 1920s epitomized a fast-moving, hedonistic, exciting period in Los Angeles history, and nowhere was this more evident than along the Hollywood-Los Feliz-Silver Lake motion picture axis.

Los Feliz as a movie studio mecca?  Today hardly anything remains to remind us of the thriving motion picture industry that transformed the suburban ranch and farming community east of the new township of Hollywood into an exclusive residential development.

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In 1908, when the film industry, then located mainly in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, moved to the Los Angeles basin, the...

Hollywood Guild and Canteen Photos

Anne "Mom" Lehr's Canteen

The closest thing to home for soldiers who came to Hollywood during the second world war was Mrs. Anne “Mom” Lehr’s Hollywood Guild and Canteen at 1284 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. To thousands of men in all the services of every United Nation who had been there, Mom's place was the nearest thing to heaven. On an average, 800 stayed there each weeknight while 1200 resided each night on weekends. Sometimes, as during Christmas holidays, the guests numbered 1300.

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Prior to World War II Mom Lehr was head of a small charity organized which she had formed several years before to care for Hollywood's broken down stuntmen unemployed and underfed extras and the like.

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When the war broke out, these wards drifted...

Chinese Theater Hand and Footprint Origin and Photos

Jean Klossner

The origin if the Chinese Theater hand and footprint ceremonies started in 1927, while the theater was in the last days of construction.  There are many versions of how and who conceived of the idea of placing celebrities’ handprints, footprints and signatures in wet cement in the theater’s forecourt – but one thing is clear – Jean W. Klossner was the cement mason during the theater’s construction and he was the one who formulated the cement and helped place the celebrities’ imprints in the cement.

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Cement Formula

The “proper kind of cement” was a special mixture devised by Klossner – the formula for...

More Early Hollywood Movie Studios and Photos

Burns and Revier Studio

For some unexplainable reason, one of Hollywood’s earliest movie makers, Harry M. Revier, has been completely overlooked by most film historians.  L.L. Burns, who later started Western Costume Company, and Harry Revier joined together to form Burns and Revier Studio and Laboratory in 1912.  In early 1913, after vacating their first studio at Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, they leased from Hollywood resident Jacob Stern, some property and a portion of a barn at the southeast corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue in Hollywood.  The barn was L-shaped, with one of its faded yellow wings facing Vine Street and the other stretched back, parallel with Selma Avenue, into an orange grove.  Adjacent to the east side of the barn, Revier built a 40 x 60 foot wood platform stage and covered it with sheets of muslin to control and diffuse the intense sunlight. Some of the best movie studio photos are on the ...

New Hollywood Photographs

The largest collection of Hollywood photos and images is hollywoodphotographs.com.  There are more than 12, 000 vintage Hollywood photos and Hollywood images in the collection and cover more than 90 subject categories.

Recently the collection’s owner, Bruce Torrence, rescanned more than 500 photos that cover seven subject categories and put them on his historic website, hollywoodphotographs.com.

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Hollywoodland Sign Images

One of the most popular subjects, in the collection, is photographs of the Hollywoodland and Hollywood sign. Built in 1923, the sign read Hollywoodland and was an advertisement sign for the real estate development of the same name and was located on the Beachwood Canyon area. The developers installed streets, curbs and graded...