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Schwab's Pharmacy photos


Schwab’s Pharmacy – An American Icon

Not all icons last forever!  I wish they did, but they don’t.  One of Hollywood establishments, that is as close to an American icon was Schwab’s Pharmacy.  Started in Hollywood in 1932, Schwab’s became an immediate success with, not only, movie stars , but also local residents.  Located at the corner of Sunset Blvd. & Crescent Heights Ave., Schwab’s most popular attractions was its lunch counter.  It was not unusual to see several celebrities having lunch or dinner at the stool lined counter.  One of the largest collections of Schwab’s Pharmacy photographs is  





Old Hollywood Photos

C. C, Pierce

For 100 years,  pictures of  Hollywood have been taken by hundreds of photographers.  One of the earliest Hollywood photographers was C. C. Pierce.  Charles Chester Pierce was born on November 22, 1861 in Springfield, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Pierce migrated to Southern California in 1886. Pierce began his photographic career in the thriving city of Los Angeles, first in partnership with Albert H. Lohn, and then successively with J.B. Blanchard and A.E. McConnell. He established his own studio around 1900 at 313 Spring Street.


Early Hollywood Photos

Some of the earliest photographs take in Hollywood were panoramic photos taken from the hills above the Cahuenga Valley (now called Hollywood) . One of the most popular is a photo, looking south onto...

Hollywood Hotel Photos


Pass Hotel

The Pass Hotel, in the Cahuenga Pass, was one of the first hotels in, what is now, Hollywood.  Originally known as the Cahuenga Valley, Hollywood was a very small community that was located just south of the Cahuenga Pass, which served as the access to the San Fernando Valley.  Because the Pass Hotel was centrally located, it was a popular stopping off point for travelers going north and south through the Cahuenga Pass.




The Hollywood Hotel

One of Hollywood’s first and most popular hotels was located on the northwest corner.  Known as the Hollywood Hotel, the first structure was...

Early Movie Studios


Early Hollywood Studios

The first studio to arrive in Hollywood was Nestors Film Company, who rented the Blondeau Tavern at Sunset Blvd. & Gower St. in October 1911.  It wasn’t long before there were scores of small motion picture companies moving to Hollywood.  All of the companies migrated from the east coast or around the city of Chicago.  Because this industry was in it’s genesis, all these film companies were very small. Some of these small companies included, among others, the California Film Co., Quality Film Co., and Christie Comedies.  As the industry grew, consolidation began to take place and as it did, many of the small companies were either acquired or went out of business.


2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorees


Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorees

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was the site for this years Hollywood Chamber of Commerce news conference to announce the 1913 Hollywood Walk of Fame inductees. These individuals, of the entertainment industry, are skilled in the category for which they were nominated.  These categories include, motion pictures, television, radio,  recording and live performances.  These recipients were among hundreds of celebrities, whose names had been placed in nomination, over the past several months .