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Vintage Hollywood Photos on the hollywoodphotos.com Website

Vintage Hollywood Photos on the hollywoodphoto.com Website

The largest collection of Hollywood photos is on the hollywoodphotos.com website.  There are more than 12,000 historical photographs on the website, covering over 90 subject categories.

The collection was started in 1970 by Bruce Torrence when his grandfather gave him about thirty vintage Hollywood photos.  Over time, this fabulous collection has grown to largest of its kind.  In 2000, Bruce developed a website called hollywoodphotos.com, which is connected to the hollywoodphotographs.com website.  Today, more than 100,000 people visit the website, many of whom purchase photos.

Hollywoodland Sign photo

Hollywoodland and Hollywood Sign Photos

Probably, the most popular group of photos are the images of the Hollywoodland Sign and Hollywood Sign.  The sign was built in 1923 and was an advertising gimmick for the Hollywoodland real estate development that was just below the sign.  Made with fifty foot telephone poles, wood beams, guide wires and cables and a sheet metal face, the sign stood fifty feet tall. The perimeter of the sign was lined with 4,000 incandescent light bulbs.  Hollywoodland hired Albert Kothe to change the bulbs when the lights burned out. He accomplished this feat by climbing a long ladder, located at the back of the sign.  In 1947, the letter H blew down in a wind storm, causing the sign to read “ollywoodland”.  When the County of Los Angeles wanted to tear the sign down, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce interceded and agreed to refurbish and maintain the sign.  In 1949, the last four letters were removed and the sign was refurbished. Ever since then, the sign has read HOLLYWOOD.  Tere are more than 300 Hollywood sign photos on the hollywoodphotos.com website.

Hollywood Canteen Photo

Hollywood Canteen Photos

The most popular place for servicemen to visit, when in Hollywood during WWII, was the Hollywood Canteen.  Thousands of employees from the entertainment business volunteered at the famous Hollywood Canteen. There are more than 400 vintage Hollywood Canteen photos on the website.

Hollywood Theater Photo

Hollywood Theater Photos

As everyone knows, Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world.  It is, also, the theater capital of the world.  It boasted of five beautiful and ornate “palace type” theaters.  The first built was Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, which held the first movie premiere. The other palace type theaters were the El Capitan Theater, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Warner Bros. Theater and the Pantages Theater.  All were located on Hollywood Blvd.  

Hollywood Restaurants and Nightclub Photos

No other place in the country had as many glamorous and popular nightclubs and restaurants than Hollywood. The Hollywood Brown Derby was probably the most famous and lasted the longest of them all. That part of Sunset Blvd., known as the Sunset Strip, was home to several famous and popular nightclubs, including, Café Trocadero, Mocambo, Ciro’s and La Rue.  All of the glamorous night-spots were popular with many of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities, including Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Jack Benny, Jane Russell and Frank Sinatra.  There are hundreds of Hollywood restaurant and nightclub photographs on the hollywoodphotos.com website.

Hollywood Hotel Photo

Hollywood Hotel Photos

The first glamorous hotel was the Hollywood Hotel at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. Built in 1902, the hotel played host to hundreds of  Hollywood’s movie stars. Other famous Hollywood hotels included the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Knockerbocker, and the Plaza Hotel.

Hollywood Studio Photo

Hollywood Movie Studio Photos

There are over two thousand photographs of Hollywood movie studios on the hollywoodphotos.com website.  The earliest photos are of the Nestors Film Company who established a studio on the corner of Gower St. & Sunset Blvd.  Many of the photos are of small film company studios that lasted only a few months.  Due to the lack of distribution, these studios went out of business as quickly as the went into business. The hollywoodphoto.com collection has hundreds of studios, including Warner Bros, MGM, Fox Studios, First Republic, Mack Sennett Studios and Columbia Studios.

Hollywood Blvd. Photo

Other Hollywood Photos

There are more than 90 subject categories on the website. Others include photos of Gilmore Field, Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood Bowl, Laurel Canyon, Capitol Records, Pan Pacific
Auditorium, Hollywood Airfields, and Schwab’s Pharmacy.

Visit the hollywoodphotos.com website to view thousands of vintage Hollywood photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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