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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 many lots that were put up for sale in 1923.  The sign was a unique and successful way of advertising their development.  In 1978, Bruce purchased about 75 photographs and negatives from the grandson of the official photographer for the Hollywoodland Development company. Most of these photos had never been seen by the public.  Bruce just scanned 65 Hollywoodland and Hollywood sign photos and put them on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Hollywood Nightclub Images

In addition to the sign photographs, Bruce added about 40 images of Ciros’, Mocambo, and Brown Derby Restaurant. Ciro’s and Mocambo were two of the most popular and lavish Hollywood nightclubs in the country. Both catered to many of Hollywood’s most

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influential and glamorous celebrities.  Entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Cary Grant were frequent visitors of the popular nightclubs, located on the Sunset Strip.

The Brown Derby Restaurants were, arguably, Hollywood’s most popular restaurants. The first restaurant opened in 1926 and  was located on Wilshire Blvd. and was built in the shape of a derby hat.  The original owner was Herbert Somborn who hired Robert Cobb as steward and buyer.  On Valentine’s Day, 1929, Somborn opened a second Brown Derby Restaurant, this one located on North Vine Street, in the heart of Hollywood. When Somborn passed away, Cobb acquired the restaurants and, later, added three more Brown Derby Restaurants to his ownership. There were about 75 Hollywood Brown Derby photos and images on the website. Bruce added 27 new photos, bringing the total to 102 historic images. Photos of Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, George Burns, Tom Mix and Glenn Ford were among those just added to the website.

Hollywood Canteen Photos

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has the largest number of Hollywood Canteen photos and images in the world. Opened on October 3, 1942, the Hollywood Canteen catered to the enlisted men and women during World War II. Started

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by John Garfield and Bette Davis, the Hollywood Canteen saw more than 3 million servicemen walk through its doors, during the Canteens three year existence. Celebrities like, Joan Leslie, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, Danny Kaye and Mickey Rooney volunteered on a regular basis at the Canteen.  Joseph Jasgur took hundreds of photographs of the Canteen’s activities and many of these Hollywood Canteen photos are in the hollywoodphotographs.com collection.  Today, Bruce added many new photos to the Hollywood Canteen category, which now totals almost 400 images.

Miscellaneous Hollywood Images

Many of the photos on the website do not warrant having their own category. So Bruce put these images in a Miscellaneous category. There is a photo of the first recorded Hollywood tract map in 1887. There’s on of the Blondeau Tavern which, in 1911, became the site of the first motion picture studio in Hollywood. 

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Others include a 1910 image of the Hollywood City Hall, a 1910 photo of the Sunset Livery Stable, the Hollywood Fireproof Storage Building and the Hollywood Writer’s Club. With the new photos added to this category, there are now 104 vintage miscellaneous photos on the website.

Larchmont Blvd. Photographs

Two of the most affluent and beautiful residential areas in Los Angeles are Hancock Park and Windsor Square. The

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shopping area, near these two residential communities, is Larchmont Blvd.  For almost ninety years, Larchmont Blvd. has had a large variety of shops, including a hardware store, beauty salons, barber shop and gift stores. Hollywoodphotographs.com has many photos and images of Hancock Park, Windsor Square and Larchmont Blvd.

All photos on the Hollywoodphotographs.com website are available for purchase, either for personal or commercial use.

 

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