Aerials


The aerial photographs on this web site are some of the rarest photos of all.  Almost all were taken by the famous Robert Spence who took aerial photographs for almost fifty years. Beginning in about 1920, he took most of his photos from a bi-plane. Later he took them from a helicopter.  In the early years, he was able to fly quite close to the ground because there were no flight restrictions at that time.  As a result, he was able to fly close to the ground and snap incredible clear photos.


The subjects of his photos varied from oilfields to schools to street scenes to movie studios and even Hollywood airfields in Southern California.

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Aerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St. Residence of Jacob Stern is in the center of the photo
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Looking NE at Sunset Blvd. & Highland Ave.  Hollywood High School is in the foreground
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Looking NW at the intersection of Melrose Ave. and Fairfax Blvd.
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Looking NE towards the intersection of Melrose Ave. & Fairfax Ave.
AerialsAerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St. Residence of Jacob Stern is in the center of the photo
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AerialsLooking NE at Sunset Blvd. & Highland Ave. Hollywood High School is in the foreground
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AerialsLooking NW at the intersection of Melrose Ave. and Fairfax Blvd.
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AerialsLooking NE towards the intersection of Melrose Ave. & Fairfax Ave.
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Aerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
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Aerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
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Looking north east onto Hollywood
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Looking NE at Hollywood and Wilshire Blvd. & La Brea Ave.
AerialsAerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
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AerialsAerial of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.
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AerialsLooking north east onto Hollywood
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AerialsLooking NE at Hollywood and Wilshire Blvd. & La Brea Ave.
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Looking north up Highland Ave. from Santa Monica Blvd.
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Looking north at Melrose Ave. & Fairfax Ave.
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Looking NW from Olympic Blvd. & Crenshaw Blvd
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Looking east on Hollywood Blvd. near Wilcox Ave.
AerialsLooking north up Highland Ave. from Santa Monica Blvd.
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AerialsLooking north at Melrose Ave. & Fairfax Ave.
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AerialsLooking NW from Olympic Blvd. & Crenshaw Blvd
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AerialsLooking east on Hollywood Blvd. near Wilcox Ave.
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