Vintage Los Angeles

My friend Karen shared this picture of the Santa Monica Pier in 1920 yesterday, courtesy of Vintage Los Angeles, a Facebook group and web site devoted to personal memories and stories of Los Angeles (and no one ever heard from Rachel again, because she spent the rest of her life ogling retro photos and drooling):

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You guys, how cool is that? I would die and go to heaven if that still existed today. Here's what the pier  looks like now:


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santa monica pier

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Still undeniably pretty, but definitely not the same!

I am now officially obsessed with Vintage Los Angeles. Here are a few more photos that I loved:

The entrance to Pacific Ocean Park, 1959
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Alison Martino, adminstrator of VLA, in a house up in the hills (photo credit Tracy Healey)
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Hollywood Boulevard & Laurel Canyon, 1949.  This one absolutely blows my mind - I drive through this intersection on my way home from work every day, and it looks completely different now.
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Hollywood Boulevard
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Okay, okay, I could seriously do this forever, but that would take away from the fun of you perusing the photos for yourself! Go check out the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page, and the web site, which doesn't look like it gets updated as often, but still has some pretty cool stuff. 

Thanks for introducing me to all of this awesomeness, Karen!

P.S. I just realized that this is the perfect post to mention Charles Phoenix, whose emails I have been subscribed to for awhile now, and whose shows I desperately want to attend. 

Copyright © 2011 Julie Klimavia
Charles is an eccentric Americana lover who collects vintage (photo) slides and goes around the country doing slideshows and promoting all things kitschy and retro. He is so colorful and funny. If you liked all of the photos above, you'll love all of his stuff as well. 

Happy browsing!