More Historical LA Pictures — Wild Wild West Side Edition

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As mentioned previously on this site, UCLA has a digital searchable archive of photos available to the public. So does USC and if you are into it, it can be a lot of fun to browse.

Take this photo (1) from circa 1920 for example. (Click for you know what.) The Melvil Hall company selling off lots along West Washington Blvd for $750 per lot. $750!! In today’s $$$ that is still only $7700, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis – Consumer Price Index Calculator. If only…

Follow me after the jump for more Wild Westside History and photos.
(All photo credits at the end of the post.)

When I say Wild West, I mean it. Check these out:
(2) Young bull on the loose in West Los Angeles, May 1951. Um, where did the young bull come from in West LA? Did people just have bulls living in their backyards?
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(3) Texas cowboy booked on assault with a deadly weapon, West LA, July 1951. Did the bull belong to this guy and he took his six-shooters to get it back? Hmmmm.
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(4) And speaking of wild, here is a view looking down Venice Blvd., one block west of Sawtelle from 1928:
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Talk about wide open spaces of the West.

(5) Then this of Santa Monica Beach almost 90 years ago, a view from the California incline, 1918:
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(6) and (7) Another kind of Wild on the Westside, ladies working out in their gym, 1967 (Pre lipo, botox and bowflex):
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(8) And last but never least, I couldn’t post historical photos without another shot of LAX — this time, 1961 with a TWA Constellation preparing for taxi/take off. She’s a beaut and would keep working for another six years. (Last TWA Constellation flight was April 6, 1967)
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Photo credits:
(1) USC Libraries as part of the LA Examiner Prints Collection.
(2) USC Libraries as part of the LA Examiner Negatives Collection.
(3) USC Libraries as part of the LA Examiner Negatives Collection.
(4) USC Libraries as part of the Auto Club Collection.
(5) USC Libraries as part of the TICOR/Pierce Collection.
(6) and (7) Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
(8) USC Libraries as part of the Auto Club Collection.

3 Replies to “More Historical LA Pictures — Wild Wild West Side Edition”

  1. I love looking at the old pics, the ones belonging to my in-laws from when they were kids in the 20 and 30’s is amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing a few more new links.

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