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The Hollywood Photographs Blog

Old Hollywood Photos Part 2 is the largest collection of photos and images of Hollywood. There are more than 90 categories of photos from which to view. There are over 9000 vintage, old, and historic photographs of Hollywood. All photos in the collection are available for purchase.

Early Hollywood Blvd. Photo

Hollywood Boulevard Photographs

One of Hollywood's most recognizable and popular streets is Hollywood Boulevard.  Running from Laurel Canyon on the west to Fleming Avenue on the east, Hollywood Boulevard was one of the most prestigious streets in the country. Originally Hollywood Boulevard was known as Prospect Avenue. When the residence...

More Vintage Hollywood Boulevard Photos

Prospect Ave

Hollywood Boulevard was originally named Prospect Avenue from 1887 to 1910, when the town of Hollywood was annexed to the city of Los Angeles. Until the motion picture industry settled in Hollywood, in 1910, Hollywood was a small community consisting of small farms ranches and residences. In fact, Hollywood Boulevard was almost exclusively residential. After the film industry settled in Hollywood, Hollywood Boulevard began a gradual change from residential to commercial buildings. By the 1920s, Hollywood Boulevard was one of the most fashionable and popular streets in America. Hollywood Boulevard had wonderful restaurants, elegant shops, theaters, hotels and nightclubs.

Early photo of Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave....

More Vintage Chinese Theater Photos

Photo of Chinese Theater groundbreaking

In January 1926, the groundbreaking ceremony for Grauman's Chinese Theater was held. Thirteen months later, the theater held its grand opening. (L-R) Sid Grauman, Charles Chaplin, Norma Talmadge, Conrad Nagel & Anna Mae Wong.

Vintage photo of Grumman's Chinese Theater

February 1927, Grauman's Chinese Theater was nearing construction as seen in this photo. Today, the theater is the number one tourist attraction in Hollywood.

Photo of Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford...

More Vintage Brown Derby Photos

Without question, Hollywood's most famous restaurant was the Brown Derby, on Vine St, just south of Hollywood Blvd. . Actually there were four Brown Derby locations during the restaurants illustrious history.

Vintage photo of Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant

Wilshire Blvd. and Hollywood Brown Derby.

The first was located on Wilshire Boulevard and the building was in the shape of a large derby. It was opened in 1926 by Herbert K. Somborn. Three years later, due to the success of the Wilshire Blvd. Brown Derby, Somborn open the Hollywood Brown Derby,...

New Hollywood Sign Photos

Photo of Hollywoodland Sign construction

1923 Construction of the Hollywoodland sign. Men carrying light bars up to be installed on the sign.

Vintage photo of the Hollywood Sign

1925 A car driving in the Hollywoodland residental tract, just below the Hollywoodland sign.

Historic photo of Peg Entwistle

In September 1932, a despondent actress named Millicent "Peg" Entwistle climbed a ladder at the back end of...