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14 Colorful Photos Of Los Angeles In 1952

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Charles W. Cushman has an incredible archive of photographs documenting many different areas of America, as well as overseas—these were all taken over a 32 year span from 1938 to 1969, and now live on the on Indiana University's site. He donated all 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. Here is a collection of his images from Los Angeles in 1952 (just around the time this footage from the 101 Freeway was shot).