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Dancers in Blackface, Bathing Beauties & a New Thing Called Television: Vintage Video of Hollywood Holidays of Yesteryear

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"This is Hollywood: A place, an industry, a state of mind," begins the narration from this 1946 short film promoting visiting sunny Southern California's movie making and outdoorsy paradise. As he speaks, we see a shot looking north on Highland (yep, that's the same church at the intersection with Franklin).

This Hollywood is where showbiz is king, television is an emerging industry, oranges are gold, tourist spots are plentiful, and Los Angeles is surrounded by rich oil fields. Who wouldn't want to visit, or move, here? There's even a segment on how Hollywood's decorators get this snow-free town dolled up gaily for the holidays.

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Enjoy this two part video time capsule into the Hollywood of yesteryear, and see how many surviving landmarks you're familiar with. And forgive, with us, its inaccuracies (like how many people can actually sit in the Hollywood Bowl, and what Cinco de Mayo really celebrates) and totally un-PR moments (like those nightclub performers in blackface).