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Rare and Old Hollywood Photographs

Rare and old Hollywood photographs can be found on the popular hollywoodphotographs.com website. With more than 9000 photographs and over 90 subjects from which to choose, this website is the largest collection of Hollywood photos. The following are four photographs subjects that are on the website.

Laurel Canyon Photographs

Laurel Canyon became a popular scenic location shortly after Hollywood was annexed to Los Angeles. Hundreds of visitors each week traveled up the 2 mile-long Laurel Canyon Boulevard, a graded dirt road. The road ran up the canyon, for it divided at what is now look out mountain Avenue. The left road twisted to the summit of Lookout Mountain, while the right road continued to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains and down to the San Fernando Valley.

In 1980, Lookout Mountain was subdivided into bungalow lots, most of which had panoramic views of the city. The winding road to the top of the mountain was widened in 1910 in the Lookout Mountain Inn was built. The inn consisted of 24 rooms, a bandstand, and a pavilion. Diners enjoyed the inn’s chicken dinner specialty had an unobstructed 270° view of Los Angeles – – worth the 45 minute drive up the steep grade in their underpowered automobiles.

A subdivision known as bungalow land was built at the Lookout Mountain turn off at about the same time the inlet was built. To stimulate its development, a trackless trolley service was begun from Sunset Boulevard and Laurel Avenue to a tavern at the Lookout Mountain Junction. The trackless trolley ran up and down Laurel Canyon every half hour for a term of six years. The trolley sometimes labored up the steep grade at no more than 4 miles an hour, and when two cars met, the operator of the car heading down the hill had to stop and remove his contactors from the single pair of overhead wires to let the upward bound trolley pass. The Lookout Mountain in was destroyed by fire in 1918, and the trolley service was discontinued at about the same time because of insufficient patronage.

The hollywoodphotographs.com website has many vintage photos of Laurel Canyon, and all are available for purchase.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame Photographs

Unquestionably, one of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions is the Hollywood walk of fame. Sometime in the early 1950s, the business community of Hollywood decided it needed a way to honor the thousands of celebrities that made Hollywood popular. It was decided to transform the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street into a vehicle that would have brass stars embedded into the sidewalk and with the names of the various celebrities. The sidewalk would be composed of pink and gray terrazzo and into the sidewalk would be brass stars with the names celebrities.

The first eight stars were dedicated in September 1958 and placed in the sidewalk on the north-west corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. They were installed several months prior to the official 1960 walk of fame groundbreaking, so as to be ready when the new, 12 story First Federal savings of Hollywood building was completed in January 1959. The eighth film notables who bear the distinction of being the first to have their names placed in the Hollywood walk of fame are Preston Foster, Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Olive Borden, Edward Sedgwick, Louise Fazenda, Ronald Coleman and Burt Lancaster. Joanne Woodward was the first celebrity to pose for photographs in the walk of fame.

The official groundbreaking ceremony was conducted on February 8, 1960 at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street. Approximately 18 months later, 1716 names of celebrities had been placed in the Hollywood walk of fame. Today, there are more than 5000 celebrities who have had their names placed in the Hollywood walk of fame.

To view the largest collection of Hollywood walk of fame photos, visit the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

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Sunset Blvd. Photographs

Sunset Boulevard is one of the longest streets in the city of Los Angeles – – with the Pacific Ocean on the west and downtown on the east. After the beginning of the 20th century, Sunset Boulevard was one of the main thoroughfares for people heading west from the city of Los Angeles. One section of Sunset Boulevard is known as the Sunset strip and is located in the county of Los Angeles. It is on the Sunset strip that some of Hollywood’s most famous and popular stores and restaurants were located. In the 1930s and 40s the Sunset strip was home to three of the most celebrated, lavish, and popular restaurants and nightclubs. The first was the Café Trocadero which was founded by William “Billy” Wilkerson. After owning the “Troc” for a few years he sold it and started the very popular Ciro’s nightclub, also located on Sunset Boulevard in the Sunset strip. The third famous nightclub was no combo which also on Sunset Boulevard. All three of these famous nightclubs were popular during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Other notable buildings on Sunset Boulevard included the Hollywood athletic club, Hollywood high school, music city and the Earl Carroll Theatre.

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Hollywood Canteen Photographs

Hollywood’s greatest contribution to the war effort during World War II was the Hollywood Canteen. Founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield in 1942, and located on N. Cahuenga Ave., the Hollywood Canteen was a place where servicemen, when in Hollywood, could go to be fed, dance with beautiful celebrities, and be entertained by some of Hollywood’s most famous entertainers. Opened on October 3, 1942, the Hollywood canteen had more than 3000 volunteers all of whom were employed in the entertainment business. The Canteen was for the exclusive use of enlisted servicemen – – officers were not allowed on the first floor. As far as dancing was concerned, servicemen danced with such celebrities as Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Leslie, and Hedy Lamarr. Of all the types of dances, the jitterbug was, by far, the most popular. The canteen served thousands of sandwiches, slices of cake, cartons of milk, and packs of cigarettes to the service man each night

Some of the celebrities who got up on stage to entertain the visiting servicemen included Basil Rathbone, Mickey Rooney, Dinah shore, Bob Hope and Red Skelton. Each night approximately 1500 servicemen visited the Hollywood canteen. Because  of the canteen’s popularity servicemen had to enter and leave in shifts. Over the course of the canteens three-year history, more than 3 million servicemen walked through the Canteen’s doors.

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The largest collection of Hollywood Canteen photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

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