The Brown Derby, Southern Pacific night train, Hollywood Bowl, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, the Three Stooges — don’t say Los Angeles doesn’t have history. The past might not be as deep and faded as in some places, but it’s there.
1. The start of Westwood and Santa Monica Boulevard, 1922
If you’re not following the Twitter account of historian Michael Beschloss, stop reading right now and go there first. We’ll wait for you. OK, you’re back? Good. Beschloss took to Twitter just last year, but he’s a natural at the medium. Throughout the day he posts historic photo after historic photo, some having to do with current events, other just being generally interesting. A lot of the photos focus on NYC and DC, but the City of Angels makes an occasional cameo.
Here we present eighteen historic photos of Los Angeles from his Twitter feed. Grab us a steak sandwich at the Brown Derby while you’re there.
2. Hollywood, viewed southwest from Laughlin Park, 1905
3. This has been called earliest known photograph of Los Angeles, taken about 1862
4. Nighttime WWII epic staged at the Hollywood Bowl to sell War Bonds, 1944
5. Helen Keller in Hollywood, being asked by Charlie Chaplin if she likes him, 1918
6. Dedication of LAX, complete with a flock of biplanes, 1930
7. Newly-built Los Angeles City Hall, buzzed by a Ford Tri-Motor airplane, 1928
8. Richard Steinheimer’s Southern Pacific night train, Glendale, 1950
9. Beverly Hills, 1937
10. Billboard-rich Wilshire Boulevard, with the Brown Derby restaurant on the right, 1928
11. Dodger Stadium, night of Marilyn Monroe’s pre-game fundraiser, her last public appearance, 1962
12. Marilyn Monroe’s last public appearance at Dodger Stadium fundraiser before Yankees-Angels game, 1962
13. The future Marilyn Monroe working in a drone factory, displaying a propeller, Van Nuys, 1944
14. Sandy Koufax’s 20th victory of the season, 1966
15. An exuberant Robert Kennedy, one of the last glimpses we have of him, 1968
16. Robert Kennedy in Watts, last campaign day before California primary, 1968
17. John Lennon and Mick Jagger at the American Film Institute tribute to Jimmy Cagney, Century Plaza, 1974
18. Though Charlie Chaplin was feted for The Great Dictator, the Three Stooges took on the subject first, 1940
But wait, there’s more: