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Hollywood’s most famous icon is the Hollywood Sign.  Built in 1923, the sign originally read HOLLYWOODLAND, which was the name of the real estate development just below the sign.  The sign was originally made of telephone poles, wood cross bracing, wire cables and faced with perforated sheet metal.  The purpose for the perforation was to allow the wind through pass through the sheet metal.  The sign was illuminated with about 4000 incandescent light bulbs, which were changed our by Albert Kothe when the bulbs burned out.  The illumination only lasted a very few years.  Dedication of the sign took place somewhere around June/July of 1923, when several people hiked up the hillside for dedication photographs.  Hollywood Sign pictures can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.  

Over the course of the following twenty five years, the sign fell into significant disrepair.  By this time all the lots in the Hollywoodland  development had been sold so there was no need to maintain the deteriorating sign.  By 1949, the letter H had blown down and the rest of the sign needed a lot of repair.  In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce contracted with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department  to repair and rebuild the sign.  It was agreed that the last four letters would be removed so it would read HOLLYWOOD. It was also agreed that the sign would not be illuminated.  

During the course of the following forty years, the sign was modified by vandals to read everything from HOLYWOOD to  HOLLYWEED.  One of the most tragic events, that surrounded the sign,  was when a despondent actress named Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off the Letter “H”, in 1932.

By the early 1970s the sign was, again, in disrepair.  The Hollywood Kiwanias Club took it on as one of its projects and had it cosmetically repaired at a cost of $4500 in 1973.  However, the weather and sign’s age was causing the icon to deteriorate rapidly.  Beginning in late 1977, a movement was under way to tear down the old sign and replace it with a new one, made our of steel I-beams, and other modern materials.  In November, 1978, the sign was unveiled to the public.  

Thousands and thousands of photographs have been taken of this fabulous icon.  The largest collection of Hollywood sign pictures can be see at hollywoodphotographs.com. All pictures are available for purchase. 

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