Photos of Historic Los Angeles II

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  1. Here is another collection of photos of the Los Angeles of yester-year, pulled from this Vintage (Historic) Photos flickr page. The shots below are from the years 1920-1971 and include some good urban vistas, as well as a lot of pictures featuring department stores and department store shoppers.
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    Bullock’s roof garden, 1910 – image: army.arch/flick
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    The Broadway shopper, 1920 – images: army.arch/flickr and army.arch/flickr
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    Kitchen gear at the Broadway, 1933 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Shoppers at May Company, 1942 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    City Hall and the Broadway in Pasadena (the Broadway building is now gone), 1945 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Looking east on Wilshire from Lafayette Park, 1945 – image: army.arch/flick
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    Hollywood Subway, 1946 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Dollar Day at the Broadway, 1953 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Dollar Day at the May Company, 1959 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Coulter’s Department Store at Hauser and Wilshire, 1971 (building is now gone) – image: army.arch/flickr
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    Los Angeles Central Library, 1971 – image: army.arch/flickr
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    The force behind this collection is army.arch (ie Adam), an architectural historian who has clearly spent a lot of time in archives scanning photos and is kind enough to share them with the world via his flickr page. This more modern Los Angeles set from his flickr is a good one too.. I especially appreciate the emphasis on commercial spaces and commercial architecture, for example this shorter set on LA department stores covers the Bullock’s, the Broadway, CA Robinson’s, and the May Company Department stores downtown.
    For more of historic Los Angeles also also check out my idiosyncratic collection pulled from the Library of Congress. Below are more sources (online and printed) for this type of material.
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    CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD IMAGES
    A link under every picture on this everyday-i-show livejournal page goes to even more awesome Hollywood photos – Classic Hollywood picspam, parts 1-10!
    From the same everyday-i-show source, here are photos of actors with their kids.
    Moussemaker pulled some stuff from a tumblr and posted them here on yuku.com.
    If you are interested in more stuff like that, check out my this w-i-p, a list of old Hollywood tumblrs.
    villainouslyvintage.wordpress.com has some classic celebrity photos.
    de sata1′s flickr is another good source.
    And a collection of blaxploitation posters to round it out. . . .
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    MORE WEBSITES WITH OLD PHOTOS OF LOS ANGELES
    This SkyscraperPage Forum thread is just great.
    This UCLA collection features 5,746 photos from The Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.
    Here is the Los Angeles Public library collection. Images are medium sized; the search box helps with exploring them.
    For San Fernando Valley pictures, here is the CSUN library collection.
    And finally, the USC collection. A little tricky to navigate; clearly they have a ton of images.
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    SOME PHOTO BOOKS FEATURING HISTORIC LOS ANGELES PHOTOS:
    Picturing Los Angeles by Jon and Nancy Wilkman — Visual history of Los Angeles.
    California Crazy and Beyond: Vernacular Architecture by Jim Heimann — Cool roadside architecture photos!
    Yesterday’s Los Angeles by Norman Dash — Photos organized by date; engaging captions.
    Views of Los Angeles by Gernot Kuehn — Contrasting the past and present in photos of Los Angeles; book is from 1978.
    Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture by Alan Hess — Great over-the-top ’50s and ’60s commercial vernacular — Coffee Shop Modern.
    [Thumbnail courtesy of army.arch/flickr]


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  2. KENNECTED
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    Awesome! Love old photos!!!
     
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    Thanks. This raise some ancient memories, including a DC-3 flight.
     
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    Thanks - good set and good links!
     
  5. Awesome! Love old photos!!! I liked all old picks...
     
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    Looks great. This is just convincing me more to get LA Noire. :)
     
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    Wow! this are great pictures, I love this city, has so much to offer, there are somethings I don't like, but are the things that I wouldn't like in any city thought. Thanks for sharing it!!
     
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    Sunset before & after
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    Billy Jack's 2nd movie poster
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    Break Dance at City Hall August 1985
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    Steve Martin working in Disneyland's "Merlin's Magic Shop" - 1965
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    I love old photos! They are wonderful
     
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    Max Yavno, Muscle Beach, Los Angeles, 1949
     

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