Elias Mushro adjusting price signage at National Auto Park lot, 1621 N. Hudson Avenue in Hollywood, Calif., 1949
Parking in Hollywood 58 years ago was 5 cents a day. Or, save some money and get a monthly parking spot for $1.
Seriously, I don’t think the current rates can be attributed to the natural rate of inflation, which would put the parking rate at only 40 cents a day.
Fortunately, this vintage L.A. photo and about 5,700 others have been made available for free download through UCLA’s Department of Special Collections. And by free, I mean they’re all open for use to bloggers, students, and more through the magic of a Creative Commons license. That way you can save your money to spend on $10 a day parking. (link)
The database of photos, culled from the Daily News and L.A. Times, span from 1920 to 1990 and are searchable by keyword or subject.
Thanks to Kevin Roderick for letting us know of this treasure trove, and also for the warning to “set aside some time” if you’re tempted to look.
Instead of posting some of my favorites, I encourage you to take a look, and if you find some that you particular enjoy please leave the URL in the comments along with a reason why…
…photo credit: Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library, used under Creative Commons…