Friday, August 03, 2012

Retro Friday: Los Angeles in the 1920s



It's how Los Angeles of "The Artist" really looked. Here's a promotional silent film, apparently produced by Ford, about Los Angeles in the 1920s. Check out the old Plaza Church, the (long gone) old Chinatown, a busting Broadway, "Central Park" (now Pershing Square) and a lot more.



And above, another silent film, this one of Hollywood in the 1920s. At around 2:30 in is a collection of old theaters, including the late, lamented Cathay Circle Theatre.

3 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh, it all looks so charming, I'd love to step back in time and visit. Specially that inclined railway. There's a great old tramway in Trieste, Italy, which goes up a steep hill, what a great experience - and the cost is only the same as other public transportation. Guess the trams in Trieste are about the same vintage as your little movie!

I notice what heavy clothes they're all wearing - they must have been so hot.

PDQ said...

Just before the 6:00 mark you can see the Bank of Italy which merged with the smaller Bank of America in Los Angeles in 1928. All branches were renamed Bank of America in 1930.

ernährungsplan said...

Thanks for taking this on.

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