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Old 12-07-2011, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default Hollywood in color, circa 1948



Maybe it was watching James Elroy's 'LA Confidential' for the first time, or 'China Town' with Jack Nicholson, but there is some romantic and alluring about late 40s Hollywood- The physical city, not the movie version of it, but the actual postwar to...

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Old 12-07-2011, 07:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

The place wasn't exactly crawling with Fords, was it? I'm talking about on the drive. Wayno
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

It doesn't seem real when you come across color photos of footage such as this....

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:30 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

That was really great.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:20 AM   #5
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

Great footage, and thanks for posting this! Wish I had a time machine...but this video clip is pretty close.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:46 AM   #6
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Very cool... I was hoping the drive would take us by Rita Hayworth's place.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:06 AM   #7
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I cant believe the quality of that footage! It looks like it could have been filmed yesterday, except for the cars and clothing.

I also loved the old stop lights!
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #8
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

Thanks for posting.
Just a FYI...Per Wikipedia, June Bride (which appears on the billboard at the 1:08 mark) was released October 29th, 1948, so your timeframe of 1948 is correct. On a side note, it marked the screen debut of (then 16 year old) Debbie Reynolds.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #9
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Cool video--my grandparents lived there from late 30's until 1958 and I used to go visit them alot--they took me to swimming lessons at the Ambassador Hotel in 1947 and I still have many pieces of Monterey furniture they bought at Barker Bros in early 1941-always loved to go visit there as a kid and look at the old photos from time to time.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #10
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Nice!
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:48 AM   #11
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Great color and visual, I used to go to LA for vacations in the early sixties with my family. Disney , Knotts, Bev Hills and Wilshire; where we stayed at the Royal something. Cool different than moraka...Huh J ?
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #12
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Very cool. The Hollywood Blvd/Highland area really hasn't changed that much. I also watched the Farmer's Market video by the same guy. I was there, last week, and snapped this photo of their Gilmore gas station set up, they have in their parking lot.
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Another shot inside the office
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:55 AM   #14
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

So cool!

All those places are still there with exception of the Hollywood Hotel on the corner of Hollywood and Orange drive, and the first building seen with the billboard atop it.

That building use to be just where my head is in this picture below --at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. It burnt down two years ago.

I guess not everything old in LA gets torn down.

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:21 PM   #15
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Default Re: Hollywood in color, circa 1948

I grew up in Los Angeles as a kid. We lived off of Irolo (819 So. Irolo) near 9th St. My grandmother was a switchboard operator at the Ambassador Hotel. My father worked for the studios then. We moved to Burbank in 1962. So much of what I saw in the video I do remember as a kid driving all over with my parents. And... riding the electric bus and street cars, too! Thanks for the memories!
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #16
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One day somebody my take enough of film put together a 1940's Google
Earth trip of Hollywood in color. Old film is back in time travel that I enjoy!
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:39 PM   #17
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Awesome. Yeah it does look pretty much the same without all the old cars.. Hollywood and highland is way different now. There's a metro station and that whole huge complex.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:15 PM   #18
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seeing it in color and knowing its authentic makes it bitter sweet. It seems even more tangible, making it that much harder to deal with the fact that those times are never coming back...
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Always enjoy the old travel movies, even better in color! I am puzzled by the almost total absence of red cars, what's up with that?
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The traffic signals with the semafores are cool.
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