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Hollywood in color, circa 1948

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. Elmo Rodge
    Joined: May 12, 2002
    Posts: 2,194

    Elmo Rodge

    The place wasn't exactly crawling with Fords, was it? I'm talking about on the drive. Wayno
  3. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,078


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

    Thank you for posting!
  4. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    That was really great.
    Thanks for posting!

  5. monkeyspunk79
    Joined: Jan 2, 2011
    Posts: 553


    Great footage, and thanks for posting this! Wish I had a time machine...but this video clip is pretty close.
  6. Big T
    Joined: Aug 29, 2006
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    Big T
    from Florida

    Very cool... I was hoping the drive would take us by Rita Hayworth's place. :D
  7. 42hotrod
    Joined: Nov 3, 2005
    Posts: 811

    from S.E. Idaho

    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!
  8. 3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
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    3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    from Indiana

    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.
  9. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,976


    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.
  10. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
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  11. 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 ?
  12. Tommy's Cycle
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
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    Tommy's Cycle
    from So Cal

    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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  13. Tommy's Cycle
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    Tommy's Cycle
    from So Cal

    Another shot inside the office:)

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  14. AJofHollywood
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
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    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.

  15. 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!
  16. LB+1
    Joined: Sep 28, 2006
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    from 71292

    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!
    Thanks for the ride!
  17. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,076


    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.
  18. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
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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...
  19. Pscott
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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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?
  20. Lobucrod
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    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    The traffic signals with the semafores are cool.
  21. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
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    from L.A., Ca.

    Curtis Hanson used a collection of vintage postcards like this as inspiration for the production design of L.A. Confidential.
    Hey all you guys that like this kind of stuff should check out a film called "Crime Wave" directed by Andre De Toth. Great film noir set in L.A. and has a very young Charles Bronson driving a '32 roadster hotrod. Amazing film!
  22. Gaters
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
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    All what AJ said but he didn't tell you all the roads are left over from the 40's too.
  23. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    I saw a clip of Downtown LA in '46-'48 recently that had a few hot rods in it. I'll see if I can find it again-
  24. Acme Speed Shop
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    Acme Speed Shop
    from so cal

    Amazing film footage. I notice that there are a lot fewer people on the streets and everything (except the air) looks cleaner.

    I think one reason I love old cars so much is they remind me of simpler times.
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    from Ojai,Ca

    I worked for a parking lot company in the mid sixties, one of the places I worked was the Cal Fed building at Hollywood and Highland which was where the Hotel Hollywood was. Now the high rise Cal Fed building is gone and replaced. I used to ride the street car to Hollywood to go to the movies, Egyptian Theater was one of the shows I went to. Some of the places have changed but many of the buildings are still there.
  26. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
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    from Nor Cal

    That was cool, thanks! My favorite era for sure!
  27. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    Times these days can be simpler. You just gotta choose simplicity. (for example, I no longer carry a cell phone. Considering that I'm in IT that was a bit of a challenge for me.... but totally worth it.

    Things in the 40s would have been a LOT more complicated than we idealize them to be. Given the choices we make, we have it pretty damn good now in good old cell phone free 1994.
  28. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    hombres ruin

    Awesome footage , when are one of these mechanical geniuses here on the hamb going to build a time machine so we can enjoy it first hand!
  29. weez
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  30. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    My parents were born and raised in E.L.A and that video was their life. I showed it to my mom and she can see herself back in 40s L.A. My parents, uncles and aunts all told me that they missed the 40s. God bless the greatest generation. The boomers really screwed everything up.

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