Saturday, October 12, 2013
How about some vintage L.A. for your mid-October Saturday?
Let's start with this nice shot from 1959; we're on Hollywood Boulevard looking West, toward a glorious sunset. You can just see the pointed roof of Grauman's Chinese Theater; "Coffee Dan's" was a familiar landmark in Hollywood for decades.
This undated photo (early 1950's, perhaps? Maybe even late 1940's) shows the NBC building on the corner of Sunset and Vine. It started as a radio studio, and continued to be used for early black and white TV programs. By 1955, NBC had moved into a new studio in Burbank.
Further North on Vine Street, you can still see the wonderful Capitol Records tower. It was completed in 1956, and was called "The house that Nat built", since Nat King Cole sold so many albums for the company. A blinking light atop the spire spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code, or so they say. Who knows Morse code anymore??
Google Maps' "Street View" has its limitations.... this is about as good as I could get.