20 photos of LA in the 1920s

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20 photos of LA in the 1920s

A car driving through the Hollywood Hills beneath the Hollywoodland sign.

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The birth of the film industry

Rehearsal for a silent film at a motion picture studio in Hollywood

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The Pacific Electric railway system

Pacific Electric Rail Car on Hollywood Boulevard

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Santa Monica beach clubs

Crowds of Sunday bathers enjoying the warm waters at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica

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A presidential parade

Crowds line the streets of downtown LA to see Herbert Hoover’s motorcade

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The LA Motor Corps

The Los Angeles motor corps with their new fleet of Indian motorcycles

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Major movie studios move in

Aerial view of Stage 6 at the Fox Movietone Studios

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Wilshire Boulevard

Cars converge on the intersection of Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard

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LA’s yellow cabs

A cabbie assists two young girls emerging from his cab

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A beachy beauty pageant

Crowds attend a bathing beauty contest in Venice Beach

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LA’s most famous face

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford canoe along the swimming pool at their Pickfair estate.

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The Hollywood sign

The famous Hollywood sign reading Hollywoodland

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Extra extra

Hopeful female extras lined up in front of Paramount Studios in Hollywood

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A winning duo

A boy in a small carriage is pulled by two Russian Wolfhounds at the Los Angeles Kennel Club

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field of dreams

A group of men gather outside a radio store to listen to the world series.

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The programmatic movement

Actress Elizabeth Allan stands in front of the ‘Pig Barbecue’ food stand in Hollywood

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An ostrich farm adventure

A woman sits in an ostrich pulled carriage while friends look on

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The University of California, Los Angeles opened

A large dentist hall with patients being qworked on in many rows of treatment chairs


Aviation Fever

A daredevil climbs between two airplanes in flight

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movie magic

A movie being shot on a backlot set replica of New York

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A hedonistic lifestyle

An actress drives a car into a casino on a studio backlot

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