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Vintage Photos Of The Garden Of Allah Hotel Part 5

Garden of Allah's Parties

Returning G.I.s brought a new pharmaceutical awareness with them. Record producer Kim Fowley recalls being used as a decoy for his absentee father, actor Douglas Fowley, in 1946. Fowley the elder took his son along on various Hollywood scoring safaris—at nearby Schwab’s Drugs and an upstairs room at The Players, Preston Sturgis’s nightclub. The Villa Nova, where the Rainbow Club now sits on Sunset, was another spot. Kim recalls: “I was eight years old and I’d just met my dad for the first time. I was just out of the orphanage and he was back from the war. My father and his cronies were at the Garden to score opium and get high. I stood outside in my little sailor suit, playing with my new sailboat in the fountain… watching for the police.”

But with Benchley’s passing, postwar uncertainty and the specter of anti-Communist hysteria, a sea change was occurring throughout the city—and Allah wasn’t...

Vintage Photos of Early Hollywood

Old Hollywood Photographs

Hollywood’s history can best be told in the viewing of historical photos on the website.  There are more than 12,000 photographs in the collection and cover more than 90 subject categories, including, the Hollywood Canteen, studios, restaurants/nightclubs and the Hollywood sign.


Founding of Hollywood

Harvey Wilcox, and his wife, Daeida, moved from Topeka Kansas to Los Angeles in 1883. The Wilcoxes bought an elegant home at 11th and Figueroa Street , the most fashionable neighborhood in that era, eventually selling it for a profit and moving to Hill Street. With his...