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The Best of Hollywood Images

The best of Hollywood images is on the web site, hollywoodphotographs.com. There are more than 8,000 photographs on the web site and are categorized into 90 categories.

All photos are available for purchase for personal or commercial use. Here, we highlight three categories.

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Hollywood Boulevard

Originally, Hollywood Blvd. was named Prospect Ave. and was simply a dirt road that ran east and west through the small community, then known as the Cahuenga Valley. Almost all the building on the street were single family residences. There was some commercial buildings at the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Cahuenga Ave.  In 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley voted to incorporate their community and they called it Hollywood. When the residents of Hollywood, elected to be annexed to the City of Los Angeles, in 1910, the name of Prospect Ave. was changed to Hollywood Blvd.  It wasn’t long after that, that the complexion of Hollywood Blvd changed from residential to commercial. During the 1920s and 1930s, the stores on Hollywood Blvd. were some of the most popular in the country. People from all over southern California came to shop in Hollywood.  In the late 1940s, shopping malls began cropping up all over the greater Los Angeles area. As a result, people who lived in the outline areas no longer  came to Hollywood to shop. During the 1960s Hollywood saw a real decline in the shops along Hollywood Blvd. Even today, there are quite a few shops that are vacant. Many of the shops that exist on Hollywood today, cater to the tourist that visit Hollywood.

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Hollywood Canteen

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bette Davis and John Garfield began to organize the Hollywood Canteen.  Patterned after the Stage Door Canteen in New York, the Hollywood Canteen would exist to provide a place for servicemen togo to when they visited Hollywood.  Bette and John solicited the assistance of Dr. Jules Stein who agreed to handle the business affairs of the Hollywood Canteen. They also solicited the help of all the motion picture unions, trades and guilds to refurbish the former nightclub that they rented for the duration of the war. While the building was being refurbished, Bette Davis and John Garfield announced that they needed volunteers to operate the Canteen.  However, the only volunteers they would accept had to be in employed in the entertainment business.  Whether the person was an actor, a studio secretary, a carpenter in the set building department or worked in the radio industry, they were elegible to volunteer.  Immediately, thousands of people signed up as volunteers.  The Canteen opened in October, 1943 and was an immediate success.  Except for volunteers, servicemen were the only people allowed in the Canteen – the uniform was his ticket for admission. Servicemen could dance with celebrities, be served food by hostesses and were entertained by some of Hollywood’s finest. One of the most regular volunteers was actress Joan Leslie who showed up every Thursday evening. Not only did she dance, but she also signed thousands of autographs. Over the course of the Canteens three year existence, more than three million servicemen walked through its doors.

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Hollywood Stars Baseball Team.

In 1938, Herbert Fleishaker moved his Mission Reds baseball team from San Francisco to Los Angeles and renamed the team to "Hollywood Stars Baseball Team". At the end of the first season, the team was sold to a group of new owners, including Robert H. "Bob" Cobb, who owned the Brown Derby Restaurant. The team moved from Wrigley Field to the newly built Gilmore Field at Beverly Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. The Club's ownership list read like a Hollywood "Who's Who". Bob Cobb accumulated a prestigious group of investors including such notables as George and Grace Burns, William Frawley, Barbara Stanwick, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, Bing Crosby, George Stevens and Walt Disney.

The Hollywood Stars became a very popular team, winning three pennants before 1958. In 1955, actress Jayne Mansfield was named Miss Hollywood Star. The Stars became genuine rivals of the Los Angeles Angels, and it was not uncommon for fights between the teams to break out during Angels-Stars games. The Stars were innovators. They began the custom of dragging the infield during the fifth inning, creating an artificial break in the action hoping fans would run to the concessions stands. The Stars also had the dubious distinction of being the first team to replace the traditional bloused baseball trousers and stirrup socks with shorts and long socks in 1950.

In 1949, Fred Haney became the manager of the team and won two pennants, one second and one third in four years. Bob Bragan followed Haney and guided the Stars to another pennant. In 1956, the Stars, under the management of Clay Hopper, ended up in fourth place.

When the Brooklyn Dodgers came to Los Angeles, it meant the ruin of the Pacific Coast League. After years in the Pacific Coast League, the Hollywood Stars played their last game on September 5, 1957, in front of 6,354 spectators. The Gilmore Field was razed in 1958 to make way for CBS Television City.

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