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Photograph Categories

With over ninety subject categories from which to choose, selecting which photos one wishes to view can be challenging.  Where do you start?  On page two of the web site is a list of all the categories of all the photos on he web site. 

Aerial Photos

Most of the aerial pictures are extremely rare and were taken by the famed aerial photographer, Robert Spence. Using his bi-plane, he took some of the most amazing aerial photographs in the world.  Whether it was a photo of the movie studios or an image of the Hollywoodland sign, all Spence’s aerial photos are absolutely  crystal clear. 


Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood’s most important and historic street was Hollywood Blvd. Originally Hollywood Blvd. was called Prospect Avenue – but in 1910 the Board Of Trustees changed it to Hollywood Blvd.  At the beginning of the twentieth century, Hollywood Boulevard was almost exclusively residential. As Hollywood began to grow, primarily because of the motion picture industry, Hollywood Blvd. became more of a commercial center. There are scores of pictures of these two streets on the web site.


Hollywood Legion Stadium

The Hollywood Legion Stadium was certainly one of the most important and popular entertainment places in Hollywood.  Many of Hollywood’s important celebrities would attend the weekly boxing fights that took place at this famous boxing stadium. The Hollywood Legion Stadium was one of the two major boxing venues of Los Angeles from the 1920s on, the other being the Olympic Auditorium. It was the most stable and most successful venue in California during the 1920s and 1930s. Its boxing cards were held on Fridays. It opened as an 8,000-seat venue August 12, 1921, under the auspices of World War I veterans, American Legion Post No. 43. It was closed for a short time to add an arched roof over the formerly open-air venue, and reopened Dec. 16, 1921. It once again was closed briefly on July 11, 1923, to sink the boxing ring six feet, increasing the pitch of ringside seats so that all patrons had a good view of the ring, and to add a ventilation system that recycled the air every 10 minutes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the venue then accommodated 5,100 people. A second version of this venue opened in late 1938 with a capacity of about 6,300. Black boxers were not allowed to fight here until 1940.  Owned by the American Legion Post #43, the stadium proved to be a real wise investment. 


Schwab’s Pharmacy

Undoubtedly, Schwab’s Pharmacy was one of Hollywood’s most popular places – catering to some of Hollywood’s most popular stars, but also to many regular Hollywood residents.  Whether it was to get a prescription filled or to sit at the pharmacy’s lunch counter, the place was always packed.

Schwab's Pharmacy opened at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in 1932, and was run by brothers Bernard, Leon, Jack and Martin Schwab. They had purchased a failing drug store and decided to capitalize on the local business from nearby studios, like Republic, RKO, and Columbia. The first Schwab's was located downtown on 6th. It was a typical drugstore of its time--goods and sundries available for purchase, prescriptions filled, and a soda fountain with counter service--only it happened to be in the heart of Hollywood. Schwab's closed its doors in October 1983. Five years later, on October 6, 1988, Schwab's Pharmacy was demolished to make way for a shopping complex and multiplex theater.




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