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Some of the most popular Hollywood Images date back to the first fifteen years  of the twentieth century.  The include photos of Fields and orchards, old residences, Prospect Ave. (now Hollywood Blvd.) and hollywood studios.

However, there are a great number of photos on the web site that are not as popular as the Chinese Theater or Sunset Blvd.  Some of these “not so popular” Hollywood images include churches, schools and hotels.  One of the most glamorous hotels was the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Built in 1927, the twelve story  hotel was located on the southwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Orange Dr.  Built by C.E. Toberman, the hotel hosted the first Academy Awards, held in 1929 in the Blossom Room.

Today, it is still very popular with visiting tourists.

One of the first hotels in Hollywood was the Hollywood Hotel.  First erected in 1903, the hotel underwent two additions, taking the room count to 125.  It was built by George W. Hoover and then sold to Myra Hershey (of the Hershey chocolate fortune).  I was Myra who made the last additions to the Hotel.  She owned the hotel for many years and then sold to C.E. Toberman.  The place was so popular that Louella Parsons broadcast her  radio shows from the hotel.  After more that fifty years of existence, the famous hotel was razed in 1956.

Other not so popular Hollywood images are those of schools.  Hollywood High School can certainly boast of graduation more Hollywood celebrities than any high school in the country.  Some of those well known alumni include Carol Burnett, Edward Dmytryk, Judy Garland and Carole Lombard.  The school opened its doors in September, 1903, in the Masonic Temple on Hollywood Blvd.  The cornerstone for the first permanent building of the school was laid in November 1904 at the corner of Highland Ave. and Sunset Blvd.  Today, it is still the primary high school in Hollywood. boasts of one of the largest collections of aerial photographs of Hollywood.  With hundreds of aerial images, visitors to the web site can see what Hollywood looked like sixty, seventy and even eighty years ago.  All the photographs were taken by Robert Spence who was one of the finest and most prolific aerial photographers.

From the turn of the twentieth century, streetcars were the most popular mode of public transportation.  Until the 1930s, there were no public buses.  Everyone took the streetcars, commonly known in Hollywood as the Red Car.  The power source of these street cars was electricity.  Over the streets were high voltage electric cables that the streetcars would attach to, in order to develop power.  Beginning in the 1950s, buses began to replace the streetcars and by the 1970, almost all the streetcars had vanished.

To see great Hollywood images of hotels, streetcars, schools, and aerial, please visit

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