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Lovely San Francisco in the 1950s

What a beautiful old photo of San Francisco. Such an amazingly beautiful city. Click on it to see more. Source: AbakusPlace

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) in 1971

We’ve posted a few great old photos of airplanes in the glory days of commercial flying. This is one from 1971 showing Los Angeles International Airport as seen from above. Source: LAFDHS

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First NASA Space Shuttle Landing … Ever

This image shows the first time the Space Shuttle was put to test landing after a real mission into space.  Source: NASA Below is the description of the image and event. On April 14, 1981, the rear wheels of the...

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Oil Wells in the Middle of 1930s Los Angeles Streets

This is hard to believe, but this image shows Los Angeles back in the 1930s. You’re looking at La Cienega Blvd near 3rd St. Pretty wild to see oil wells in the middle of the street! The road is paved...

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Historic Palo Alto Gas Station

This series of photos from the 1980s shows an old gas station, originally built in 1929. It’s still located at 799 Alma St. in Palo Alto, California. Violet Ray Gasoline Station, 799 Alma Street, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA...

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Old Larkin Theatre in San Francisco in 1939

This photo shows the Larkin Theatre at 816 Larkin St. in San Francisco on May 4th, 1939. The theatre still stands and is now the New Century Theater (a strip club). Packard Sedan on Larkin Street in front of Larkin...

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Remember The Days of Los Angeles Streetcars?

This photo shows the old streetcars of Los Angeles before the automobile industry bought them out and ripped them all up. This streetcar is the Pacific Electric Railway’s car 745, westbound on Hollywood Boulevard towards Beverly Hills. The photo was...

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Hollywood Sign Becomes Hollyweed in 1976

This is some obscure prankster marijuana history, but back in 1976, the state of California decriminalized possession of marijuana. In celebration of this legislative change, Cal State Northridge student, Danny Finegood, slightly altered the famous Hollywood sign using $50 of...

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Stunning 1958 Photo of Hollywood Boulevard

These were the good old days. The photo shows Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, back in 1958 — the same year the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to L.A. Hollywood Boulevard in 1958 – Los Angeles, California Source: Manitoba Museum of Find...

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San Francisco Neighborhood Corner Store in 1952

This great old photo shows the Dolores Creamery at 501 Dolores St. in San Francisco in the early 1950s. 501 Dolores St. in San Francisco – 1952 Source: San Francisco Public Library Luckily, the building still stands today and this...