Saturday, March 23, 2013
I am fascinated by the history of Los Angeles, with its post-war boom, Hollywood glamor, and sunshine-driven tourism.
Here's an interesting angle looking at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. You can see stars on the sidewalk - the "walk of fame", with the names of hundreds of show-biz notables. Toff's coffee shop can just be seen as well... it is long gone. Love those old cars! I've never heard of the movie, "By Love Possessed", but imdb.com helpfully tells us that it was about a neurotic woman who "... engages in an affair with the law partner of her impotent husband". Even with the lovely Lana Turner it looks like a stinker!
One of my favorite places ever is the wonderful Griffith Observatory. It is an art deco treasure located in the heart of Los Angeles. More than a few movies were shot there - such as 1958's "The War of the Colossal Beast" or 1964's "The Spy With My Face". This picture (undated but probably from the mid-50's) shows the "Astronomer's Monument", featuring stylized sculptures of Hipparchus, Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and William Herschel.
Zooming in for more fabulous automobiles...
And finally, from an old slide that has turned magenta, comes this view from downtown L.A. I am embarrassed to admit that I don't know which street this is - Alameda? Los Angeles Street? Main? - since I don't recognize any of the buildings. Probably most of them have been torn down over the years. The giant TWA ad is kind of awesome!