Going Vintage: Driving Through Beverly Hills In 1935
Beverly Hills has come a long way. What originally started off as a bean field in the early 1900s later became a bustling, high-end destination for the wealthy and famous. With Beverly Hills 90210, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Beverly Hills Cop, we just can't seem to get enough of this ritzy place.
We present to you this vintage video of cars cruising Wilshire Blvd. and Canon Dr. in 1935, which gives us a rare peek into what the city looked like back in its early days. It reveals that all the cars looked nearly identical to the type Faye Dunaway would get behind the wheel in Bonnie & Clyde, nobody cared about lanes (actually, what lanes?), and their gas of choice at the time was Texaco. The cars of the 1930s had sexy and long, complicated names like Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe, according to Popular Mechanics.
During the 1930s, the Spanish-Renaissance-style Beverly Hills City Hall was built, and the Santa Monica Park (now called the Beverly Gardens Park) was expanded from just three blocks to the distance between Wilshire Blvd. to Doheny Dr. on Santa Monica Blvd. The "Electric Fountain" in the area, which still stands today, would glow a rainbow of colors at night through the jet streams, according to the Beverly Hills Historical Society.