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Vintage Photos Of Hollywood Dressed Up For Christmas

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These vintage pictures, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library, show us what Christmas was like for residents and visitors of Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s.

An interesting part of the decorations are the large, metallic trees that were set up on every lamppost along Hollywood Boulevard, which turned into "Santa Claus Lane" during the holiday season. During the day, the trees looked a bit clunky, but at night they emitted a haunting and festive glow.

Also in the gallery is a picture of what looks like a float from an early Christmas parade, shoppers looking for that perfect gift for that special someone, and stately homes decorated for the holidays. The pictures prove that the Hollywood area has always known how to look good for the holidays.