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Hollywood Christmas Lane Parade

Hollywood Christmas Lane Parade Photos


First Hollywood Christmas Lane Parade

In 1924, the retail merchants Bureau, a division of the chamber of commerce, instituted a campaign for increasing the Christmas business of the merchants on Hollywood Boulevard. Street decorations consisted of imitation fireplace chimneys, were placed on prominent corners. In addition, large papier-mâché Santa Claus heads, about 4 feet in length, and real Christmas trees were mounted on ornamental light standards. This decoration was varied with bunting and overhead Christmas lights hung over the street. For years the property owners, headed by Col. Harry M Baine, and the merchants through the retail merchants Bureau,...

Hollywood Athletic Club Photos

Hollywood Athletic Club Organized

The first vision of the Hollywood Athletic Club came to its founders in 1921, when there was a need for a club in which businessman could meet and lunch as well as develop their minds and bodies through physical exercise. The idea was born when Frank K Galloway and George Moore were lunching at Sam Kress's drugstore. Frank suggested that George start such a club. George called a meeting in the basement of the old library building which was attended by more than 75 Hollywood citizens. As a result, the Hollywood athletic club was formed.


At this meeting, several men were chosen to act as directors and organizers of the Hollywood Athlecic Club.  These man included...

Early Hollywood Photos

Early Hollywood Photos

The largest collection of vintage and early Hollywood photos is on the website.


Ranch La Brea and  Hollywood

Most of Hollywood was part of the Rancho La Brea. As a native Angelino, I knew little of our city’s history past the mission days and even less about Hollywood before the movies.  There were interesting old photographs, the Victorian era Janes House that had once sat right on Hollywood Blvd.  And, there were the street names: Delongpre, Hudson, Wilcox, Waring that I knew were the same as the early settlers of this area.  I’d heard of Daeida Wilcox and the legend of how Hollywood...