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Vintage Photos of Hollywood

Vintage Photos of Hollywood

With more than 12,000 vintage photos of Hollywood, the website is the finest and largest collection of its kind.  The collection was started in 1971 when Bruce Torrence began collecting old photographs of Hollywood.  Starting with thirty old photographs, which were given to him by his grandfather, Charles E. Toberman, the collection has grown to over 12,000 rare photos.  In 2001, Bruce developed and launched his website.  There are more than 90 subject categories including, Barnsdall Park, Cocoanut Grove, Hollywoodlnd, Hollywood Airfields, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, and many more.

Photo of Joanne Woodward

Hollywood Walk of Fame Photos

On September 17, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward.

This first Hollywood Walk of Fame took place on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd, & Highland Ave. The construction of Charles E. Toberman’s twelve-story office build was nearing completion. So it was ideal to hold the first dedication in front of his building.

Construction of the Walk of Fame

Construction of the Hollywood Walk of Fame was ready to begin. However, two lawsuits were filed that delayed construction. The first was by property owners opposed to the assessment district, and the second was filed by Charlie Chaplin, Jr., seeking $400,000 in damages for the exclusion of his father from the Walk. In October 1959, Judge Fletcher Bowron ruled that the assessment was legal. Shortly thereafter, the court ruled that Chaplin had no case and dismissed the suit.

On February 8, 1960, construction actually began on the long-planned Walk. The first star to be laid in the new Walk was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. By that fall, work had progressed far enough that it was decided to dedicate the Walk on November 23, 1960, in conjunction with the Hollywood Christmas Parade. E.M. Stuart, as the originator of the idea, was appointed chair of the Completion Committee and planned the ceremony to mark completion of the project. The job was completed in the spring 1961when 1558 sidewalk stars were installed.

The website has the largest number of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos and all are available for purchase.

Outpost Estates photo

Outpost Estates Photos

Beginning in about 1910, Charles E. Toberman entered the real estate business by developing office buildings, stores and residences. After developing many real estate tracts, he purchased 325 acres in the foothills of Hollywood, just west of Highland Ave.  In 1927, he began grading many lots and established prices for them.  After selecting Outpost Estates for the name of his development, he established conditions and restrictions for the homes that were to be built in his development. An architectural committee was selected to enforce the numerous conditions.  Some of these conditions required fireproof roofs, plaster interior walls, and set back lines so there was significant distance between neighbors. The lots, which cost between $3,500 to $50,000, were an immediate success.  Buyers consisted of movie celebrities, businessmen, civic leaders, prominent attorneys, physicians and entertainers.

The Outpost Estates celebrates its 90th birthday this year and still is one of Hollywood’s finest real estate developments.  Charles Toberman’s grandson, Bruce Torrence, possesses his grandfather’s small collection of vintage Hollywood photos. It was Bruce’s grandfather that inspired Bruce to begin collection Hollywood photos.

Today, the website is the largest collection of vintage photos of Hollywood.

Hollywood Studio Club photo

Photos of the Hollywood Studio Club

Shortly after the motion picture industry call Hollywood “home”, young female “movie-hopefuls” began showing up.  In 1916, many of these young ladies began gathering regularly in the basement of the Hollywood Public Library to read plays together.  After a while, it was realized that a permanent facility was needed for the young ladies to gather and/or live. Funds were raise to meet the first year’s rent for a clubhouse at 1629  Carlos Ave. Some of Hollywood’s famous actress once called the Hollywood Studio Club home. They included such actresses as Zasu Pitts, Marjorie Daw, Carmel Myers, and Ann O’Neal. 

Some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities were major supporters of the Hollywood Studio Club, including Mrs. C. B. DeMille, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Howard Hughes.

Ten years after its founding, the Hollywood Studio Club outgrew it clubhouse. A new facility was built at 1215 Lodi St. It was a three story building that had everything needed to house and feed scores of young actresses.  Over the years the need for such a facility began lessen. In 1975, the City of Los Angeles informed the club that the club’s building was no longer safe as a residence. Shortly thereafter, the Hollywood Studio Club closed its doors.

Shortly after closing, the club donated all its photos to the, which now the largest collection on the Hollywood Studio Club.


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