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Vintage VJ Day Photos

VJ photo

Two ladies, hand & hand, stroll down Hollywood Blvd. in celebration of VJ Day (the end of WWII with Japan).

Photo of VJ Day

When the war with Japan, during WWII, was declared over, Hollywood went wild. Office workers came out of their offices to celebrate on Hollywood Blvd. Automobiles were stuck in traffic because so many people were on the street.

VJ Day photograph

Thousands of residents and workers streamed out onto Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the end of the war with Japan, during WWII.

VJ Day photos...

The Players Club

The Players Club

When Preston Sturgis wasn't writing and directing some of the wittiest movies ever to emanate from Hollywood, he could usually be found inside the Players Club, both his personal playroom and his Achilles' heel for 13 years.

Sturgis, who like to work and eat late, wanted to go to a place that was open whenever he or his friends were hungry. In 1938, while under contract to Paramount, he bankrolled Snyders, a short-lived restaurant run by Ted Snyder, a music publisher who had taught Sturgis to write lyrics when he was just getting started in New York.

When Snyder’s failed to catch on, Sturgis closed it down and  tried to sell off the kitchen supplies and equipment he now owned. Unable to recoup his losses by more than a few cents on the dollar, he decided to open a restaurant himself.

Sturgis didn't think small. To house the players, name for the new York theatrical club, he found a two-story house on the Sunset strip....

Hollywood Movie Studio Photos

Many of the first film companies, who settled in Hollywood, congregated near the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Gower St. They were small film making companies, which made one and two reel films, many being westerns. For a number of reasons, including the lack of film distribution, many of these film makers went out of business shortly after arriving in Hollywood. Here is the California Studio on Sunset Blvd. in 1921. From the

Vintage Hollywood Walk of Fame Photos

One of Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions is the Walk of Fame. This is Hollywood's tribute to the thousands of celebrities that have made Hollywood famous. In Sept. 1958, the first eight celebrities to have their names immortalized in the terrazzo sidewalk included Preston Foster, Olive Borden, Louise Fazenda, Edward Sedgwick, Ronald Coleman, Burt Lancaster, Joanne Woodward and my grandfather, Ernest Torrence. Here is Tom Cruse's dedication ceremony in 1979. Today, there are more than 2,600 stars in the Walk of fame. From the website.

Tom Cruise Photo


More vintage Hollywood Sign photos


Historic Hollywood Sign Photos

The Hollywood Sign orginally read Hollywoodland and was erected in 1923 as an advertising sign for a real estate development  of the same name. In 1949, the sign was damaged by a severe wine storm which knocked the letter "H" down. The last four letters were removed and the sign restored. Since then the sign has read HOLLYWOOD. By 1978, the sign was in disrepair, which caused the Chamber of Commerce to undertake a fundraising campaign to replace the old sign with a new one. The old sign was demolished and a new sign built in 1978. From the website.