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Old Hollywood Photos Part 1

Old Hollywood Photos Part 1 is the largest collection of photos and images of Hollywood. There are more than 90 categories of photos from which to view. There are over 9000 vintage, old, and historic photographs of Hollywood. All photos in the collection are available for purchase.

1900 Hollywood Blvd. & Gower St.

Hollywood Boulevard Photographs

One of Hollywood's most recognizable and popular streets is Hollywood Boulevard.  Running from Laurel Canyon on the west to Fleming Avenue on the east, Hollywood Boulevard was one of the most prestigious streets in the country. Originally Hollywood Boulevard was known as Prospect Avenue. When the residence of the city of Hollywood elected to have their small community annexed by the city of Los Angeles, the name Prospect Avenue was changed to Hollywood Boulevard.

During the 1920s and 30s, Hollywood Boulevard was known as one of the most prestigious shopping streets. It was known as the "great White Way" and had hundreds of magnificent stores and restaurants. Musso Franks Grill is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood having been founded in 1919.

The largest collection of Hollywood Boulevard photographs is on the website. With over 150 photos of Hollywood Boulevard, visitors to the website can see the evolution of the popular Street.  Photo number HB-001 shows the grading of Hollywood Boulevard in 1899. Photo number HB-036 is looking west on Hollywood Boulevard towards Highland Avenue in 1916.

Photo of Hollywood Legion Stadium

Hollywood Legion Stadium

The Hollywood Legion Stadium was one of the most popular boxing venues in the country. It opened as an 8000 seat stadium on August 12, 1921 under the ownership of the Hollywood Legion Post #43. For several years, boxing at the Hollywood Legion Stadium was quite popular. However, due to increased popularity the stadium was enlarged in 1938. Many of Hollywood's most celebrated personalities attended the fights, including Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Claudette Colbert.

There are many photos of the Hollywood Legion Stadium on the website. Some include the front of the Stadium with people waiting to get in. Other photos include the boxing arena and this stadium seating. Photo # HLS-008 shows the entrance to the stadium.  Photo # HLS-006 shows the inside of the stadium.

1923 Photo of Hollywood Sign dedication

Hollywood Sign Photographs

Unquestionably, the most iconic image of Hollywood is the Hollywood sign. The largest collection of vintage Hollywood sign photos is on the website, with more than 300 historical images of the famous sign. Originally. the sign read Hollywoodland and was an advertising sign for the real estate development of the same name. Built in 1923, the sign was about 50 feet tall and each letter was about 30 feet wide. In 1932, an aspiring actress named Lillian Entwistle was despondent over her acting career. In September of that year she climbed to the top of the letter H and committed suicide by jumping.

By 1949, the sign was in serious disrepair. A strong wind and rain storm caused serious damage to the sign and knocked the letter H to the ground. The sign was restored but the last four letters were removed. Ever since then the sign has read Hollywood. The website has photos of the construction of the sign, the signs disrepair, the alteration of the sign, removal of the old sign and the construction of the new sign. Photo number HS-015-1 shows the dedication of the sign in 1923 while photo number HS-069 shows the deterioration of the famous sign.

Historic photo of the Hollywood Studio Club

Hollywood Studio Club Photographs

The studio club was founded in 1916, with the intent of trying to help a group of young women trying to break into the movies. The club first gathered in the basement of the Hollywood public library, but with the assistance of Hollywood studios and businessman, it moved to an old house on Carlos Avenue, with space for 20 women. The popularity of the club grew rapidly with more and more women wanting to live at the clubhouse. Two of the most supportive people were Mrs. Cecil B DeMille and Mary Pickford. 10 years after the Hollywood studio club was formed, the club moved to new quarters on Lodi Street. This new clubhouse accommodated many more women. Over the next several years the club gained in popularity. However, by the 1960s, the need for such an organization was beginning to wane. Unfortunately, 60 years after its formation, the Hollywood studio club closed its doors, in 1975. The website site has the largest collection of Hollywood Studio Club photos. There are more than 300 vintage Hollywood studio club photos on the website, and all are available for purchase.


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