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Vintage and historic Hollywood Photos

Vintage photos of Hollywood

Vintage photographs of Hollywood are some of the most popular photographs on the Internet. The general public has a real fascination with the history and the photographs of Hollywood, which is one of the most famous cities in the world. The largest collection of vintage photos of Hollywood is the Bruce Torrence Hollywood photograph collection, which is also known as


This large collection contains more than 12,000 historical photos of Hollywood. In the year 2000, Bruce Torrence built and inaugurated the website. In the beginning there were only about 500 photos on the site. After years of scanning the historical photographs, Bruce now has more than 8000 vintage images on his website.

Today there are more than 90 subject categories from which visitors can choose to view these historical photos.

Hollywood Sign

One of the most popular subjects is the Hollywood Sign photos.  Originally built in 1923, the sign read Hollywoodland and was an advertising sign for the real estate development of the same name. After 26 years, the sign was becoming weather-beaten and in need of refurbishing. In 1949, the last four letters of the sign were removed and the rest of the sign was refurbished. Ever since then, the sign has read Hollywood. In 1978, the sign was again in terrible disrepair. The old sign was demolished and a new sign, with modern material, was erected in the exact same location. The collection has many photos of the construction of the Hollywoodland sign, the refurbishing in 1949, the deterioration of the sign and the construction of the new sign in 1978.


Old Hollywood Restaurants

Vintage photographs of Hollywood restaurants and nightclubs are also very popular on the website.  There are historical photos of the Brown Derby restaurant, Ciro’s nightclub, the Mocambo, and the Café Trocadero. Included in these photos are images of such celebrities as Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and Bette Davis.


Walk of Fame Photos

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. In 1958, eight celebrities had their names placed in the terrazzo sidewalk at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. One of those celebrities was Ernest Torrence, who was a very popular silent screen and talkies film star. Initially there were 1588 celebrities whose names were placed in the Hollywood walk of fame sidewalk. Since then more than 1000 celebrities have had their names inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The website has more than 500 vintage photos of celebrities during their induction ceremonies. The collection has images of such inductees as Burt Reynolds, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise and Gene Autry.


Old Grauman's Chinese Theater Photographs

Another popular Hollywood tourist attraction is Grauman's Chinese Theater hand and footprints. The first two movie stars to have their hand and footprints placed in the theater’s forecourt were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. They met Sid Grauman, prior to the theaters opening, and placed their handprints, footprints and signatures in the wet cement, in front of the theater. Since then, hundreds of celebrities have also placed they are hand and footprints in the famous theaters forecourt. The website has many vintage photos of celebrities placing her hand and footprints in Grauman's Chinese theater’s forecourt.

To see thousands of vintage and historical photos and images of Hollywood, visit the website. There are thousands of great photos from which to choose and purchase.



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