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Amazing Hollywood Walk of Fame Photographs

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The most amazing collection of Hollywood Walk of Fame photographs is on the web site.

There are almost 800 photographs of the famous ceremonies that take place in Hollywood every month.  After the first eight stars were laid at the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., in 1958, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place in 1960, near the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Gower St.   Shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony, about 1700 brass stars were installed in the new terrazzo sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. and other side streets.  

After the initial 1700 plus stars were installed, several celebrities posed for photographs next to their brass star.  Marguerite Chapman and ...

Ciro’s Nightclub

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Unquestionably, one of the most popular and glamorous restaurants, sometimes called a nightclub, was Ciro’s, at 8433 Sunset Boulevard.  After leaving the Cafe Trocadero, also on Sunset Blvd., W.R. Wilkerson opened  Ciro’s nightclub.  Ciro’s didn’t get off to a great start and folded after three years.  Wilkerson went down the street and open LaRue’s Restaurant.  Under new management, Ciro’s soon became one of the most famous  Hollywood hotspots.  Owner Herman Hover remodeled, turning the club into one of the largest and the most lavish.  

Soon, it became packed nightly, as audiences listened and watched Jerry Lewis,...

Amazing Hollywood Canteen Photos

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Now that Bruce Torrence’s and Lisa Mitchell’s book, The Hollywood Canteen, is going to be released in July or August, it’s time to tell the world about the great text and wonderful photographs that are contained in this exciting book.

The text was written by Lisa and the selection of Hollywood Canteen photos were chosen by Bruce.  They all came from his vast collection of Hollywood photographs which can be seen on his web site.  The site has over 8000 historic and not so historic photographs of old Hollywood.  

Within the collection are more than three hundred images of the Hollywood Canteen.  They include images of the opening ceremony, servicemen dancing with celebrities,...

Historical Hollywood Images

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When you hear the word “Hollywood” most people think of the world of celebrities and movies, but Hollywood is much more than that. Hollywood, now an incorporated part of the city of Los Angeles, has a rich history from how it got its name to the famed theaters and restaurants that were later built. For those interested in the history of Hollywood and Hollywood images, of iconic buildings like the Griffith Observatory, the Roosevelt Hotel, and the Pantages Theater at the time they were built and first opened are inspiring and eye opening.

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Famous Wallich’s Music City

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One of largest and most popular record stores in the country was located on the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd. and Vine St.  

Founded in 1940 by Glenn Wallich, it was, by far, the best record shop in Los Angeles.  During the days of the 45 RPM and 33 1/3 RPM records, customers could go into the store, remove a record from one of the many shelves and go into a listening booths and listen to the record.  If you didn’t want to buy the record, you simply put it back in the paper sleeve and placed it back on the shelf.

In addition to selling records, Wallich’s Music City...

Pan Pacific Auditorium Photos

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The doors were thrown open to the Pan Pacific Auditorium (PPA) on May 18, 1935, and the first event held there was a home show aimed at hyping then-President Roosevelt's signing of the Title I legislative act "which authorized government loans" aimed at aiding homeowners with repairs and renovations.  Photos of the opening day can be seen on the web site.  Other Hollywood images can be seen on the same web site.


Clifford W. Henderson, who along with his brother Phillip constructed the PPA, said in a letter to the LA Times in 1978: "Prior to the construction of the Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles included no convention or public...

Purchase Hollywood Movie Studio Photographs

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Everyone is fascinated in Hollywood and particularly Hollywood Movie Studios.  From the time the first motion picture company called Hollywood their home, the public has been captivated by the entire movie making business.

The first motion picture company to permanently move to Hollywood was the Nestors Film Company.  They rented the former Blondeau Tavern at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Gower St. and immediately began making one and two reel movies.  Because Hollywood offered such a wonderful climate and a very diverse geography, this was like heaven to them.

Shortly after the Nestors Film Company settled...

Purchase Hollywood Sign Photographs

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The Hollywood sign is, undoubtedly, the most famous icon Hollywood has to offer.  

Everyone who has seen the sign know that it is HOLLYWOOD.  

It is also one of the most photographed landmarks in Hollywood. However, it didn’t start out that way.  It was erected in 1923 as an advertising sign to market the real estate development, called Hollywoodland, that lay below the sign.  So the original sign read HOLLYWOODLAND.  The fifty foot sign was constructed of long telephone pole type uprights that were sunk into the ground.  All the cross bracing and supports consisted of wooden beams and stranded cable. ...

Purchase Hollywood Photos

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If you wish to purchase Hollywood photos, you have to look no further than  They have the largest selection of vintage and historic Hollywood photo and pictures.  

Whether you wish to buy images of the Hollywood Bowl, the Coconut Grove or an old streetcar going down Hollywood Blvd., has what you are looking for.

There are over eight thousand Hollywood photos on the web site and all are available for sale.  There are over ninety subject categories from which to choose.  Some of the most unusual and unique... For Great Hollywood Pictures

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It was just over one hundred years ago that Hollywood became its own city.  On November  14, 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley voted to incorporate their small community and the called the City of Hollywood.  At that time, Hollywood was a small residential town which was about twelve west of downtown Los Angeles.  City hood didn’t last but a few years because of an inadequate water supply and municipal facilities.  In February 1919, the residents of Hollywood voted to annex their small community to the City of Los Angeles.  The last official act of the Board of Trade was to rename Prospect Ave to Hollywood Blvd.

One of the early residents was Daeida Wilcox and her husband,...