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Rural view from the home of Arthur Brent in Bel Air, 1927. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection, USC Libraries.

Rural view from the home of Arthur Brent in Bel Air, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection, USC Libraries.

The anniversary of Sunset Blvd.'s opening in 1904: The procession at the intersection of Sunset and Glendale (then Lake Shore Avenue). This view looks west toward the present-day site of the Echo and Echoplex music venues. Technically, still here, but so not. (Automobile Club of Southern California Archives).

The procession at the intersection of Sunset and Glendale (then Lake Shore Avenue). This view looks west toward the present-day site of the Echo and Echoplex music venues. Courtesy of the Automobile Club of Southern California Archives.

When Coca-Cola decided to build a bottling plant at 1334 South Central Ave, Los Angeles in 1939, Architect, Robert V. Derrah (who also he designed the Crossroads of the World mall on Sunset) went with a then-popular Streamline Moderne style in the striking appearance of a ship, complete with portholes, catwalk and a bridge. The building was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975 and still looks exactly the same to this day. (And how often can we say that in LA?)

When Coca-Cola decided to build a bottling plant at 1334 South Central Ave, Los Angeles in 1939, Architect, Robert V. Derrah (who also he designed the Crossroads of the World mall on Sunset) went with a then-popular Streamline Moderne style in the striking appearance of a ship, complete with portholes, catwalk and a bridge. The building was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975 and still looks exactly the same to this day. (And how often can we say that in LA?)

Rural East Hollywood, circa 1905. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

Panoramic view of early East Hollywood showing agricultural sites and the Immaculate Heart High School (later a College), Los Angeles, :: California Historical Society Collection,

View looking south from Poundcake Hill, 1868. Broadway is the main street in the middle of the photo. This view today would be looking at the north side of the LA times building complex.

View looking south from Poundcake Hill, Broadway is the main street in the middle of the photo. This view today would be looking at the north side of the LA times building complex.

CENTRAL L.A. | MID-CITY:  The Santa Monica freeway under construction at La Cienega and Venice boulevards, 1964. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

The Santa Monica Freeway under construction at La Cienega and Venice boulevards, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Aerial view of the California State Route 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway, the Figueroa Street Tunnels, and Elysian Park. Photograph dated February 20, 1958The Figueroa Street Tunnels are four art deco tunnels with subway-tile walls originally built between 1931 and 1935 on Figueroa Street in Elysian Park. In 1940 they were incorporated into California State Route 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway).

Aerial view of the California State Route 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway, the Figueroa Street Tunnels, and Elysian Park. Photograph dated February 20, 1958The Figueroa Street Tunnels are four art deco tunnels with subway-tile walls originally built between 1931 and 1935 on Figueroa Street in Elysian Park. In 1940 they were incorporated into California State Route 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway).

Detail of a 1916 soil survey of the Los Angeles area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soil. Courtesy of the Map Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

Detail of a 1916 soil survey of the Los Angeles area by the U. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soil. Courtesy of the Map Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

1920 – View looking northeast near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Beverly Drive showing Beverly Hill’s iconic Tudor Revival Park Way house (upper-left) and famous lily pond in Beverly Gardens Park with its original electrified Beverly Hills sign.

A view looking northeast near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Beverly Drive showing Beverly Hill’s iconic Tudor Revival Park Way house and the lily pond in Beverly Gardens Park with its original electrified Beverly Hills sign (ca.

Farm workers, Chatsworth, Calif. 1900 :: San Fernando Valley History

Farm workers, Chatsworth, Calif. 1900 :: San Fernando Valley History

Orchard at Western and Washington, circa 1899. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

Orchard at Western and Washington, circa Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.

Photograph caption dated March 6, 1954 reads --- "Not too long ago this is the way motorists and pedestrians were forced to negotiate Pacoima Wash at Laurel Canyon Boulevard during storms. Then Valley progress stepped forward."

Photograph caption dated March 1954 reads --- "Not too long ago this is the way motorists and pedestrians were forced to negotiate Pacoima Wash at Laurel Canyon Boulevard during storms. Then Valley progress stepped forward.

View of San Fernando Valley from Summit, Topanga, circa 1937 postcard :: San Fernando Valley History. - Wow! have to find the location of my house from the 1958-1995.

View of San Fernando Valley from Summit, Topanga, circa 1937 postcard :: San Fernando Valley History. This must be the open cattle and ranch space my grandma told me about.

Circa 1887 view of Second Street Park, which was home to a lakelet just south of Echo Park. The park was located in the canyon of the Arroyo de los Reyes. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

Second Street Park was nestled in the ravine of the Arroyo de los Reyes, as seen in this 1887 photo. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

The Plaza, Los Angeles, circa 1880 by Carleton Watkins

The Plaza, Los Angeles, circa 1880 by Carleton Watkins

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