Los Angeles

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

On August 11, 1965, Los Angeles’s South Central neighbourhood of Watts became a scene of the greatest example of racial tension America had seen. A Los Angeles police officer pulled over motorist Marquette Frye (who was with his brother Ronald); he suspected Marquette of driving drunk. While officers questioned them, a crowd of onlookers had begun to form. When Rena…
Vintage: Los Angeles Retro Restaurants

Vintage: Los Angeles Retro Restaurants

We’re used to seeing swanky rooftop restaurants and bars, taco stands and outdoor patios decorated with lights in Los Angeles. But back in the day we had restaurants and food stands that took architecture to the next level, with wacky buildings shaped as actual items like tamales, hot dogs and planes. via LAist
Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

In the predominantly black Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches a breaking point after two white policemen scuffle with a black motorist suspected of drunken driving. A crowd of spectators gathered near the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street to watch the arrest and soon grew angry by what they believed to be yet another incident of…
Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964

Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964

Bruce Davidson describes the genesis of this project thus: “Esquire’s editors sent me to Los Angeles, and when I landed at LA International Airport I noticed giant palm trees growing in the parking lot. I ordered a hamburger through a microphone speaker in a drive-in called Tiny Naylor’s. The freeways were blank and brilliant, chromium-plated bumpers reflected the Pacific Ocean,…
Vehicles caught in 1920s downpours in Los Angeles

Vehicles caught in 1920s downpours in Los Angeles

The precipitation, which was general over Southern California was particularly heavy in Los Angeles, the rain gauge showing 2.53 inches for the city.  Many districts in the city were completely under water, traffic was tied up downtown, basements were flooded and motorists were marooned in streets. via LA Times
The 1934 floods in Los Angeles

The 1934 floods in Los Angeles

The Montrose flood, as the calamity soon came to be called, took at least 45 lives, destroyed about 100 homes and turned the little community into a mud-filled, barren landscape, said local historian Art Cobery, who has become an expert on the catastrophe and its aftermath. via LA Times
Pacific Electric Subway opening celebrations in Los Angeles (1925)

Pacific Electric Subway opening celebrations in Los Angeles (1925)

Marking the beginning of a new era in transportation in Los Angeles, the city’s first section of underground electric railway was opened Nov. 30, 1925 with appropriate exercises, including a luncheon given by the Chamber of Commerce at the Biltmore at noon, and the operation of the first train immediately afterward. The passenger list included many city and county officials, H.W.…
House moving (1960s)

House moving (1960s)

Moving a house? An Aug. 28, 1966, article in The Times gives some background: All over Southern California there are opportunities to buy houses for the moving … houses which stand in the way of such building projects as shopping centers, apartment buildings, parking lots, filling stations, churches, government construction and road projects. Approximately 700 houses are moved each year…
Photos of the 1938 Los Angeles Flood

Photos of the 1938 Los Angeles Flood

The Los Angeles flood of 1938 was responsible for inundating much of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties, California during February and March 1938. The flood was caused by a pair of Pacific storms that swept inland across the Los Angeles Basin, causing abnormally high rainfall across much of coastal Southern California. Rivers overflowed and dozens of people were killed.…
Disneyland in Opening Day, July 17, 1955

Disneyland in Opening Day, July 17, 1955

Disneyland was dedicated at an “International Press Preview” event held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, which was only open to invited guests and the media. Although 28,000 people attended the event, only about half of those were actual invitees, the rest having purchased counterfeit tickets. The following day, it opened to the public, featuring twenty attractions. The Special Sunday events,…
Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, a new photographic collaboration between Chicago photographer Sandro Miller and actor John Malkovich. In 2013, Sandro set out to complete an ambitious series honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting forty one images to emulate, Sandro contacted…