Dreaming of old L.A.

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I’m currently reading James Ellroy’s “The Black Dahlia”. As a self-confessed murder-mystery fanatic, I am enjoying it immensely and find myself day-dreaming of the magic world of post-war Los Angeles, with classy suits, jazz music and constantly changing street views.

So today I invite you to join me on a tour of glamourous old LA!

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The intersection of La Brea si Wilshire – 1947 – old May Company building

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Los Angeles Theatre

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Wilshire Boulevard, 1930’s

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Legendary Greyhound bus stop

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The creme of Los Angeles, filling up the the Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard

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Paul DeLongpre Residence

Early XXth century mansions, by now long gone to make way for shopping centers and parking lots

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LA’s wide streets, lined with palm trees

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Westwood Village Circa 1950’s

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In 1891, the old Los Angeles Courthouse became Pearl Morton’s Municipal Brothel. She was L.A.’s bawdiest, most beloved madam

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Los Angeles suburban street in 1939

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Preparation of the site for construction of Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. Behind are the old County Courthouse and the Hall of Justice.

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Old photo of a housing development in the Hollywood hills Hollywoodland, 1930

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The infamous Chateau Marmont in the 1940’s

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Change maker knitting during slow moments at the Gilmore self-service gas station, Los Angeles, CA, October 1948

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Sunset Plaza 1940’s

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Drive-in theater, Los Angeles 1949

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Hollywood in the mid-50’s

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Hollywood lights in 1962

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Whisky-a-go-go Opening, Jan 11, 1963

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LAX 1950’s

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