The LARy 5 Line trundling down the median of Eagle Rock Boulevard in 1955. View is to the north and Colorado Boulevard.

(Source: Flickr / metrolibraryarchive)

"Gas: The Modern Fuel": The Los Angeles Gas and Electric showroom at night, 1937. The company was purchased by the city and merged with the DWP shortly after this photo was taken.

(Source: library.ca.gov)

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Ultra-modern - for the time - airships circle the Hotel Lankershim at 7th and Broadway in this postcard from 1908. The hotel was damaged in the 1971 Sylmar quake and eventually demolished.

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The Hollywoodland sign on Mt. Lee, with the San Fernando Valley in the background, 1920’s.

(Source: waterandpower.org)

"Public Invited": Sister Aimee offers Valentine’s Day weddings at the Angelus Temple in Echo Park, 1930’s.

(Source: photos.lapl.org)

Looking south at Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro, early 1900’s. The domed building visible on the hill is the Carnegie Library.

(Source: waterandpower.org)

San Pedro’s Sunken City, 1941. Once the site of a neighborhood of homes lining Paseo Del Mar, this cliff adjacent to Point Fermin Park began to slip into the sea in the late 1920’s, and was fenced off and abandoned. (Click here for a satellite view of the area)

(Source: photos.lapl.org)

The Warner Grand Theater on 6th Street in San Pedro, 1930. The theater still stands, and still shows classic movies.

(Source: cinematreasures.org)

Pacific Electric street cars at the San Pedro Depot (at right), 1950’s. Also visible is the Ferry Terminal building, now the Maritime Museum. The P.E. Depot was demolished in 1961.

(Source: railwaypreservation.com)

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