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Hollywood History

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Hollywood Airfield Photos

In 1918,  Cecil B DeMille, founded the Mercury aviation company and built his first airfield, DeMille  field number one, across from the present location of Fairfax high school. Soon to know built a second airfield, DeMille Field #2, and moved his enterprise to the north west corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Crescent Avenue, now Fairfax Avenue.

Mercury aviation operating a fleet of surplus WWI “Jennys” and offered popular sightseeing trips around the area. The airfield feature a gas station at the intersection that fueled automobiles on one side and airplanes on the other side. In May 1921, Mercury launched regular scheduled flights carrying passengers to Santa Catalina Island, San Diego and other locales -  becoming the first scheduled airline with multiple destinations in...

A Place Called Hollywood

Hollywood's history can best be told in the photos on the website. 


Early Hollywood Studios

Once a small agricultural village populated with gentleman farmers, Hollywood in the Cahuenga Valley, was a trolley ride from the city of Los Angeles.  When Cecil B. DeMille, Jessie Lasky, Griffith W. Griffith, and the Warner Brothers helped generate a building boom that made the area what it is today and "fired the shot heard round the world," the fantasy was created.  It became the center of the entertainment and broadcast industries and while much has changed, a legacy remains. 

To get a sense of this place it's useful to explore Hollywood's unique...

Hollywood: Yesterday and Today

Vintage Hollywood Photos

The largest collection of vintage Hollywood Photos is on the website.  There are 12,000 historic photos in the collection, covering more than 90 subject categories.

Hollywood is Los Angeles' most complex community with a rich history that goes back more than 100 years.  In the neighborhoods, homes dating to the turn of the 20th century and many office buildings dating from Hollywood's last "renaissance"-the 20s and 30s, its Golden Age-- populate its central core.


Movies Come To Hollywood

Once a small agricultural village populated with gentleman farmers, Hollywood in the Cahuenga Valley, was a trolley ride from the city of Los Angeles.  When Cecil B. DeMille, Jessie Lasky, Griffith W. Griffith, and the Warner Brothers...

History of Hollywood in Photographs


The Coming Of Wilcox

The history of Hollywood may have begun when, on February 1, 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially recorded the first real estate tract map, with the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. That tract map was named Hollywood. Wilcox and his wife, Daeida Wilcox, had moved to Southern California in 1883 from Topeka, Kansas, where Harvey had made his fortune in real estate. In 1886, they bought 120 acres of land in the Cahuenga Valley, located in the foothills to the west of the city of Los Angeles. A once-sleepy settlement founded in 1781 as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Poricuncula, Los Angeles was by then expanding rapidly thanks to the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad...