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Old & Historical Hollywood Photographs

Old and Historical Hollywood Photographs

The website is the largest collection of Hollywood photos in the world. No other collection has as many photographs of the famous community of Hollywood. There are over 12,000 photographs that cover more than 90 subject categories. All of the photographs, in the collection, are available for purchase. Among the photographs, are images of Gilmore Field, Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood studio club, and the Hollywood Legion Stadium.


Hollywood Guild and Canteen

At the beginning of the second world war, most of the servicemen who visited Hollywood did not have a place to stay. Many were found sleeping on bus benches, in parks, lobbies of theaters, or auditoriums. It wasn't before long that many of the Hollywood residents felt it was important for servicemen to have a comfortable place to stay at night. residents was Anne “Mom” Lehr owned a home at 1284 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. to thousands from all the Allied nations who sought temporary refuge in Hollywood, Mom’s place was the nearest birth to heaven.

Lehr’s canteen offer clean, comfortable grandparents, suite where, and the privilege of coming and going as one pleased. There was no time limit either. Mom Lehr had a group of volunteers that helped her run the Hollywood Guild and canteen. In the beginning, most of the servicemen were skeptical of what she had to offer, but after they saw her home they realized that it was the place to stay.

The Hollywood Guild and Canteen was governed by a board consisting of Hollywood stars: Mary Pickford, Janet Gaynor, and Myrna Loy. But the direction came from Anne Lehr. She arrived to work at 6 PM and stayed until early the next morning. She eventually had 1000 women helping to clean, wash dishes, make beds, wait tables and dance with a serviceman.

The servicemen had the run of the place, and often help care for it. They drank $100 worth of milk a day, and consumed more than 1400 eggs at each breakfast. Visitors eight and leased it to Ken Murray. all they wanted at any time of the day. Because the Hollywood Guild and canteen was so expensive to operate many, many of Hollywood's businesses contributed money to keep the place going. The Florentine Gardens nightclub took up a nightly collection, which is amounted to $1000 a week.  After World War II ended mom later continued to volunteer her services for many charitable causes.


Ken Murray's Blackouts

Another Hollywood legend, that took place during the second world war, was Ken Murray's Blackouts. In 1941 Charles Toberman purchased the failed Hollywood Playhouse and leased it to Ken Murray so he could stage his vaudeville type production. He called his new production ”Blackouts”.  His show featured comedy sketches, musical numbers, novelty and animal acts. Marie Wilson, a struggling film actress, PA or to onstage for the first time. Chorus girls, dubbed Glamourlovelies, which included Rhonda Fleming.

Murray staged a blackout premier for his show, using infrared cameras to photograph the arriving celebrities. Mae West, L Jolson and Rudy Vallee were among the opening guest.

The show ran for seven years which made it one of the longest running shows in American theater popular with servicemen and locals, it constantly changed. Marie Wilson became a star, blackouts broke records, selling $10 million in war bonds, including three $2 million matinees during 1944 and1945.


Hollywood Movie Studio Photos

There are more than 1500 vintage photographs of Hollywood movie studios. In addition there are 1000 photos of movie making. There are photographs of some of the earliest Hollywood studios, which includes the Nestor film company, the Jesse Lasky film company, Paulis Studios, Christie comedies and the Century film company.

The earliest studios were located in the heart of Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. From about 1911 to about 1917, almost all of the studios were located in Hollywood. After a while some of the film companies decided to build their studios in such communities as Burbank California, Culver City, the Santa Monica Mountains, Long Beach, and Glendale.

Many of the photos on the website show what these early studios looked like and how they operated. Many of the photographs show the wooden platform stages that had three walls erected around its perimeter. Sheets of muslin hung over the stage to diffuse the intense sunlight. Later incandescent lights were used for illumination which allowed for the construction of large buildings that had for walls.

The Coming of Sound

Until 1925, all of the movies were made without sound. They were called “talkies”.  Even though there was a script, there was no sound. In 1925 Warner Bros. produced the first film with sound. It was called the Jazz Singer. It wasn't long after that that all of the motion picture studios attempted to convert their facilities for the making of talking movies. This was not only a costly but also a difficult conversion because there was no track record for such a venture. However, once the viewing public got its taste of talking movies, there was no turning back.


Major Studios

About 10 years after the first movie studio settled in Hollywood, the motion picture industry experienced a great deal of consolidation. Many of the smaller studios were acquired by other studios making it difficult for some of the smaller Hollywood studios to compete. Within two or three years there were four or five major studios. They included MGM, Columbia Pictures, Universal Studios, Paramount Studios and Warner Bros. Today the studios still exist however their owners h

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