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Early Hollywood Bowl Pictures

Early Hollywood Bowl Pictures

Mrs. Christine Witherill Stevenson, heiress to the Pittsburg Paint fortune, arrived in Hollywood in 1918 with the idea of bringing culture to the community by presenting plays.  In 1919, she established the Theater Arts Alliance with several leading  citizens and set out to find a Hollywood location suitable for the presentations of outdoor theatrical performances.  The site chosen was the property that now contains the Hollywood Bowl;  With the aid of C.E. Toberman, Mrs. Stevenson and  fellow alliance member Mrs. Chauncey Clark, purchased  the poperty, valued at $49,000, in September 1919.

A group of civic-minded women and men who were active in the area's artistic and business communities combined their efforts to establish the Hollywood Bowl and its...

Searching and Purchasing Hollywood Pictures

                                                         Searching and Purchasing Hollywood Pictures

There are two types of Hollywood pictures or photographs.  There are those of celebrities, movie stars and television personalities – and then there are those of Hollywood, the town or community.  These are the pictures of the “brick and mortar” Hollywood. There are hundreds of web sites that sell or display pictures of celebrities but there’s really only one that is devoted to displaying and selling pictures of geographic Hollywood.  That web site is hollywoodphotographs.com and there are more than 8,000 photos on it. Searching or viewing the pictures on this web site is extremely easy and fun.

Searchers simply enter a keyword, on Google,...

Pictures of Hollywood Movie Studios

                                                                   Pictures of Hollywood Movie Studios

One of the largest collections of Hollywood movie studios pictures is on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.  Bruce Torrence began collecting old Hollywood photographs in 1970 and then started adding pictures of movie studios, even though many of them were not located in Hollywood.  In the beginning, some of the very early motion picture companies did settle in Hollywood.  Companies such as the Nestors Film Company, Clune Producing Company, and Balshofer Film Company were some of...

Early Hollywood Restaurant Pictures

                         Early Hollywood Restaurant Pictures

Hollywood boasted of having some of the finest restaurants and nightclubs in the world.The boom in popular entertainment necessitated the opening of the new and luxurious restaurants on Hollywood Blvd.  Musso & Frank Grill was an instant hit when it opened at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. In 1919. Founded by John Musso and Frank Toulet, they operated the small restaurant for six years, until they sold it to Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso, whose name was so similar to Musso.

For a while, Musso’s was about the only fine restaurant on the “boulevard.”  The movie people came and still do, but without the glamour deemed necessary in other restaurants.  It also became extremely...

View Vintage Hollywood Images

Vintage Hollywood Images

Anyone looking for vintage Hollywood images must visit the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.  It contains more historic and hollywood images than any collection or web site in the world.  There are over 12,000 photographs in the collection and the hollywoodphotographs.com web site has more than 8000 Hollywood images.  

There are over ninety subjects to choose from, so anyone can find the photo of their choice.  The hollywoodphotographs.com web site is easy to view and navigate -- in other words, its very user friendly.  On the second page of the site is a list of the ninety plus subject categories from which to choose.  Looking for vintage or historic Hollywood images is so simple.  Simply click on anyone of the ninety categories and the next page will show the photos in that category.

Probably the most popular subject is t...

Early Hollywood Bowl History

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Early Hollywood Bowl History

Mrs. Christine Witherill Stevenson, heiress to the Pittsburg Paint fortune, arrived in Hollywood in 1918 with the idea of bringing culture to the community by presenting plays.  On May 25, 1919, she established the Theater Arts Alliance with several leading  citizens and set out to find a Hollywood location suitable for the presentations of outdoor theatrical performances.

They asked H. Ellis Reed and his father to search the Hollywood Hills to find a suitable location. "Finally, on a Sunday morning early in 1919, from a hill east of Cahuenga Pass, we spotted what we were looking for. We crossed the street (Highland Avenue) to a valley...

POVERTY ROW & GOWER GULCH

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POVERTY ROW & GOWER GULCH

By the mid-Twenties, scores of small independent studios were operating in Hollywood, primariiy on Sunset Boulevard near Gower Street. These studios struggled to exist by making one and two reel comedies, westerns and dramas. Because of the fierce competition, uncertainty of having their films distributed, and the difficulty of making a profit, the small stuclios went out of businaas as quickly as they were conceived. The high mortality" rate of the independent studios caused this area of Hollywood to become...

Hollywood Guild and Canteen

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Hollywood Guild and Canteen

On week-ends, during WWII, the soldiers outnumbered civilians ten to one on the streets of Hollywood. At first they had to sleep in parks or in the aisles and lobbies of theaters.  But once aware of the uncomfortable overcrowding, Hollywood unfurled its hospitality.  Dormitories and auditoriums in schools and churches were made available to them, and private home owners offered bedrooms.  California’s theater owners collected $190.000 from audiences in the “Bed For Buddies” campaign to match what the state of California contributed. 

For soldiers on Hollywood furlough, “Mom” Lehr’s Hollywood...

Hollywood and The Great Depression

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Hollywood and The Great Depression

Hollywood was having a wonderful time and doing terrific business when the stock market crashed in October, 1929. A place like Hollywood, with huge sums of capital were on the line in projects such as subdivisions, new stores, and studio expansion, was his especially hard by the collapse of the big-money superstructure.  Banks failed; the President of the Guaranty Building and Loan Association confessed to the embezzlement of $8 million of the bank’s assets. Hundreds of bank depositors, large and small, were wiped out.  Foreclosures were common, and many people lost their homes and businesses.

At the time of the crash, the motion picture was still reeling from the advent of “sound.”  Large studios, led by warner Bros., rushed to develop sound stages, recording equipment, and other technology for the...

The Hollywood Canteen Book Available to Purchase

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The Hollywood Canteen Book – a review by Martin Grams Jr.

The Hollywood Canteen was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood. From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen came through its doors on their way to fight in the Pacific — some never to return. There, in a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world. The Canteen was free to all servicemen or women, regardless of race, inviting them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be handed sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Knowing they were so appreciated,...

History of Runyon Canyon & The Pines

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History of Runyon Canyon/The Pines

In 1867, "Greek George" Caralambo, received the 160-acre parcel by federal patent in appreciation for his service in the army camel corp. Allen became famous by association when the banditTiburci Vasquez was captured while hiding out at his home in 1874.

Alfredo Solano, a prominent civil engineer and one of the founders of the LA Athletic Club, purchased the canyon a year after Vasquez was hanged. Solano owned the canyon before his widow, Ella Brooks Solano, sold the majority of the land to Carman Runyon in 1919. Runyon, having recently retired from a successful coal business came out with his new bride to enjoy the California climate. The marriage failed and Runyon moved to Hollywood where he met and married his new wife. The new Mrs. Runyon was an accomplished horsewoman  and the...