Backlit by the morning sun: Los Angeles City Hall, looking south on Main Street, 1928.

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Traffic rolls north towards the Brown Derby on Vine, Hollywood, 1939.

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A spotlight shines on the 4 Star Theater at 5112 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1941. The Art Deco building still stands, but is set to be demolished this year.

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Models sporting the latest in women’s business attire pose on the Angel’s Flight Railway, Los Angeles, 1965.

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Before stop lights: A seemingly impenetrable thicket of traffic, with cars, trolleys, horse-drawn carriages, and pedestrians, 7th and Broadway, Los Angeles, 1920’s.

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Oscar Night, 1959: An eager crowd pours into the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. 

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A neon-drenched coffee and doughnut joint at night, downtown Los Angeles, 1937.

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"The Castle" on Bunker Hill during La Fiesta de las Flores, Los Angeles, circa 1904. Built in 1882, the Queen Anne revival-style home was moved to Heritage Square in 1969, where it was torched by arsonists.

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Aerial view on a remarkably clear day in Los Angeles, looking west at Gilmore Field, home of the Hollywood Stars, 1930’s or 40’s. The Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains are clearly visible in the background.

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Birds-eye view of pedestrians and trolleys on busy Broadway, downtown Los Angeles, 1928.

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