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Laurel Canyon Photos & History

Laurel Canyon Photos and History

Laurel Canyon is a secluded valley that supplied water to farms at the base of the canyon and some hillside grazing to sheep ranchers. One of the earliest farming estates was owned by Charles F. Harper, near the entrance to Laurel Canyon. Harper was a Civil War veteran who immigrated to California and made his fortune in the hardware business. He retired in 1895 and moved to Hollywood, where he "enjoyed the evening of his days" on his 480-acre estate in Laurel Canyon. Photos of Charles Harper and his home are on the website.

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Hollywood Aerial Photographs

Hollywood Aerial Photographs

The largest collection of aerial photos of Hollywood is on the website.  The collection has more than 1000 rare and vintage aerial images.

The pioneer aerial photographer, Robert Spence, took thousands of photos from his bi-plane.  Many of his photos were taken using a large format camera, which used 8X10 inch and 4X5 inch glass negatives.

Hollywood Airfield photo

Hollywood Airfield Aerial Photos

Some of best aerial photos in the collection are of some of Hollywood’s airfields.  Cecil B. DeMille founded an airfield near Fairfax Ave. & Melrose Ave.  Later, he established another...

Vintage Garden of Allah Hotel Photo

Garden of Allah Hotel photo

The Garden of Allah Hotel was locaated on Sunset Boulevard at the intersection of Crescent Heights Blvd. Silent screen actress, Alla Nazimova, paid $50,000 for a ninty-nine year lease for a spanish style home at 8150 Sunset Blvd., with three and one half acres of tropical plants, ferns and fruit trees. after months of construction to build thwenty-five villas or bungalows around the pool, Ms. Nazimova's Garden of Allah Hotel opened its doors on January 9, 1927. An eighteen hour party took place to celebrate the new hotel's opening. The great depression and wall street's crash took Alla Nazimova's hotel and fortune. In her last years she was ill and stopped...

Earl Carroll Theater Photographs

Earl Carroll Theater 

One of Hollywood's most famous theaters—known over the years as the Earl Carroll Theatre, Club Hullabaloo, the Aquarius and, most recently, Nickelodeon on Sunset— has won landmark status as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

Earl Carroll Theater photo

1942; The front entrance to the famous Earl Carroll Theater on Sunset Blvd.

The largest collection of Earl Carroll, Aquarius and Hullabaloo photos is on the website. All the photos in the collection are available for purchase. The website can provide both digital images and actual photos.

Photo of Earl Carroll Theater...

Vintage and Rare Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Walk of Fame photo

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions. In 1958, the first eight celebrities to have their names placed in the Terrazzo sidewalk were Joanne Woodward, Ernest Torrence, Ronald Coleman, Burt Lancaster, Olive Borden, Edward Sedgwick, Louise Fazenda & Preston Foster. Of the eight, only Joanne Woodward posed by here Walk of Fame star. In the 1960s, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took over the responsibility of determining whose names were going to be placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After a while, the the dedication ceremonies were beginning to be attended by hundreds of adoring fans. Since then, thousands of celebrities have been inducted into the famous sidewalk. Hundreds of ...

Rare Hollywood Canteen Photos

Rare Hollywood Canteen Photos

The largest and rarest collection of Hollywood Canteen Photos is on the website. There are over 500 vintage photos of he Hollywood Canteen.

Hours away from being shipped off to Europe’s battlefields or back on US soil for a brief reprieve, there wasn’t a single American serviceman passing through Los Angeles in the 1940s that wouldn’t have lined around the block for an evening at the Hollywood Canteen. Set up in an abandoned nightclub near Sunset Boulevard, if you were wearing a uniform, entry was free, as was the food, drink and entertainment inside the club. But what set the Hollywood Canteen apart from every club other in Hollywood at the time was that it was entirely staffed, six days a week by celebrities...

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VJ Day photo

When Japan surrendered during World War II (VJ DAY), thousands of Hollywood workers and residents flocked onto Hollywood Blvd. to celebrate the end of the war. The traffic came to a standstill while the happy crowd revelled in their excitement. It was like a ticker tape parade in New York, when workers in high rise buildings threw paper out of the windows. Photo is from the website.

Hollywood Theater photo

The Hollywood Theater was the second movie theater to be opened in Hollywood. The first was the Iris Theater which was in a store front,...

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Earl Carroll Theater

One of Hollywood's most famous theaters—known over the years as the Earl Carroll Theatre, Club Hullabaloo, the Aquarius and, most recently, Nickelodeon on Sunset— has won landmark status as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

Earl Carroll Theater photo

The largest collection of Earl Carroll, Aquarius and Hullabaloo photos is on the website. All the photos in the collection are available for purchase. The website can provide both digital images and actual photos.

The Earl Carroll Theater debuted on December 26, 1938 and was designed by architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann as the West Coast counterpart of a theater...

Early Hollywood Photographs

Early Hollywood Photographs

The collection is one of the most important collections of historical photographs of early & historic Hollywood. The collection, of over 12,000 prints, was assembled by Hollywood historian, Bruce Torrence. The collection is divided into ninety subject categories. These include  Barnsdall Park, Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood hotels, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Blvd., Hollywood restaurants, Hollywood theaters, Hollywood nightclubs, Hollywood Legion Stadium, Hollywood Canteen, and many others.

C.C. Pierce, Photographer

One of the early Hollywood photographers was Charles Chester Pierce. An engineer by training, Pierce migrated to Southern California in 1886 and began his photographic career in...

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Farmes Market Photo

In 1934, the Farmers Market was founded near the intersection of Fairfax Ave. & Third Street inLos Angeles. For years, the Farmers Market was one of Hollywood's  most famous and popular tourist attractions. Most of the bus touring companies had their busses visit the Farmers Mrket. From the website.

Walk of Fame Photo

In 2010, country music star, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The first celebrity to pose by a Hollywood Walk of Fame star was Joanne Woodward. She was one of eight celebrities, including Ernest Torrrence, to be the first to be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From the

Old Hollywood Boulevard Photos

Old Hollywood Boulevard Photos

Hollywood Blvd. Photo

1900: This photo is looking west on Hollywood Boulevard from Goweer St. Until about 1915, most of Hollywood Blvd. was a residential street. Later the street became one of this country's most popular and glamorous boulevards. From the website.

Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. photo

This photo of the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. was taken in 1900. The home was the residence of E. C Hurd. The streetcar and electric car is traveling east and west on Hollywood Blvd. From the website.

Vintage photo of Hollywood Blvd....

Historic Hollywood Photos

Hollywood Police Photo

In 1910, the residents of the City of Hollywood voted to have their small community annexed to the City of Los Angeles. The police department took over Hollywood's city hall and used it as Hollywood's police station. It was located at 131 Cahuenga Ave, just south of Hollywood Blvd. Photo from the website.

Pantages Theater photo

In 1950, the Academy Awards were held at the glamorous Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The Panages Theater was the last of the five palace type of theater built in Hollywood. The largest collection of Hollywood Theaters is on the website.

Pan Pacific Auditorium Photos...

Old Hollywood Banks Photos

Hollywood Banks

Guaranty Building and Loan Association

When the stock market crash occurred on October 29, 1929, it marked the beginning of the worst depression the country that ever seen. All facets of the economy were affected which caused factories by the hundreds to shut down. The Army of the unemployed grew rapidly and the bread lines lengthen. Wages were cut, mortgages foreclosed and hundreds of banks failed.

Bank of Hollywood Photo

Hollywood was no exception. Business generally, missing the customers support, was receding and the rents throughout Hollywood were being reduced. Many stores were vacated. One after another, properties having mortgages equal to half their value went into the hands of the creditors.

Certainly the most devastating blow to ever hit Hollywood happened on December 8 and December...

Old Hollywood Photographs

Hollywood Canteen photo

1944: Here is a group of visiting servicemen at the Hollywood Canteen. The Canteen was the most popular place for servicemen to visit when traveling to Hollywood. Over three years, more than 3 million servicemen visited the Hollywood Canteen. Photo fro the

Chinese Theater photograph

1963 Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman place their hands and footprints in the Grauman's Chinese Theater's forecourt. The first celebrities to place their hand and footprints in the forecourt's wet cement were Douglas Fairbanks & his wife, Mary Pickford. Since then, hundreds of celebrities have done the same thing. Photo from the collection....

Largest Hollywood Photo Collection

Largest Hollywood Photos Collection

The largest collection of vintage Hollywood photos is on the website. There are over 12,000 rare photos of Hollywood, including such subjects as Hollywood Theaters, Hollywood streets, Hollywood restaurants, Hollywood studios and Hollywood hotels.

First Hollywood Hotel

The first Hollywood hotel was the Sackett Hotel, located at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Avenue.  The hotel was, also, the location of Hollywood’s first post office.  It, also, had a popular confectionary store.

Hollywood Hotel Photos

A few years after the Sackett Hotel was built, the Hollywood Hotel was built. Located on the northwest Hollywood Hotel Photo...

Hollywood Photos Website

Hollywood Photos Collection

The finest Hollywood photos collection is the on website. There are 12,000 historic photographs of famous Hollywood community. There are over 90 subject categories of photos in the collection.  Some of the most popular photos are of the Hollywood sign, which originally read Hollywoodland.  Other popular categories of photos include Hollywood Airfields, Movie premiers, Hollywood Canteen and theaters.

Hollywood Sigh Photo

The Hollywoodland sign was erected in 1923 by the Hollywoodland Development Co. to advertise their real estate tract. Ten years later the letter H was blown down during a large and windy storm. In 1949, The sign was refurbished in 1949 and remained up until 1978. The sign was demolished in 1948 and replaced with a sign made of modern materials. From...

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Hollywood Hotel Photo

The Hollywood hotel, at the corner of Prospect Ave & Highland Avenue, was one of Hollywood's first hotels.  It was extremely popular and and very famous. It was demolished in 1956. From the hollywoodphotographs,com website.

Hollywood Athletic Club Photo

1938: The Hollywood Athletic Club was a popular place for some of Hollywood's businessmen and civic leaders to gather. Located on Sunset Blvd., the Hollywood Athletic Club still stands today. From the website.

Panorama of Hollywood


More Vintage Photographs of Hollywood

Hollywood Airfield Photos

1919 Charles Chaplin and Syd Chaplin at their Chaplin Airdrome at Fairfax Ave. & Wilshire Blvd. From the website.

Garden of Allah Hotel photo

1935: The Grden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. was one of Hollywood's most famous hotels. Many of Hollywood's most famous and popular celebrities stay at this glamorous hotel. This photo is from the website.

Vintage photo of the Hollywood Canteen

The Hollywood Canteen on Cahuenga Ave was founded by Bette Davis and Garfield. It was a place where servicemen...

Photos of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photos of Hollywood Walk of Fame

On August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk of Fame would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward. Construction on the Walk was expected to begin shortly thereafter. 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...