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Wish You Were Here: Vintage Postcards From Hollywood

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Greetings from Hollywood in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Not much unlike these days, people from all over the country, and the world, showed up here to find fame and the famous, hoping to bump into their idols running in and out of a trendy club or restaurant, or on their way to or from work at the studios.

Once upon a time, Hollywood was known as "Radio City" thanks to the centralized location of major radio networks' broadcast facilities. Imagine where the Chase Bank is at the corner of Sunset and Vine a beautiful art deco building housing the radio studios of NBC; it was torn down decades ago. There isn't much happening in radio in Hollywood anymore, and scarcely much television or film, but the streets still seem to sparkle.

There used to be a huge hotel at the corner of Hollywood & Highland, and girls would skip class at Hollywood High down the street to sit on drugstore stools hoping to be discovered--or so the rumor went. We've taken a deeper look at some historic Hollywood spots in our LAistory series: Cross Roads of the World, Pilgrimage Bridge, Garden of Allah, Schwab's, and the Fred Harvey Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge.

We've gathered some vintage postcards from Hollywood of years gone by; many of the landmarks you'll recognize and some are just visual remnants of things long gone.

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