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Pershing Square in 1942. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

In July the military parked a bomber next to the Victory House at Pershing Square for the park's July celebration.

Man tops out the Federal Courthouse (in front of the City Hall tower), Los Angeles, 1938

Frank McGuire, member of the crew installing elevators in the new Federal Courthouse, takes time to pose in front of the nearby City Hall tower in the favorite manner of structural steelworkers the world over.

In this photo, we see the public gather at the corner of Sixth and Spring Streets in downtown Los Angeles in 1929 to watch Paramount film “The Mighty.” What I like most are the two stores in the background. One of them – a cigar store called United Cigars – we hardly see anymore, and the other – The Typewriter Shop – we haven’t seen in years. I guess its equivalent today would be an Apple Store.

In this photo, we see the public gather at the corner of Sixth and Spring Streets in downtown Los Angeles in 1929 to watch Paramount film “The Mighty.” What I like most are the two stores in the background. One of them – a cigar store called United Cigars – we hardly see anymore, and the other – The Typewriter Shop – we haven’t seen in years. I guess its equivalent today would be an Apple Store.

The Cecil Hotel opened in 1924 as a 700-room upper class hotel in what was considered at the time a swanky section of Downtown, Los Angeles.  During its early years, it enjoyed great success as a tourist destination and as a residence for middle class Angelinos.  However, by the 1930s this would rapidly change...

One of my father's most frightening memories was a night spent at the Cecil Hotel. Now hotel is scene of a bizarre, tragic death.

Brand new Pico House Hotel, c.1871, a once-opulent hotel where 19 Chinese immigrants were murdered during a brutal 1871 race riot. Los Angeles, CA

Brand new Pico House Hotel, a once-opulent hotel where 19 Chinese immigrants were murdered during a brutal 1871 race riot.

A view of 7th Street looking east from on top of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, circa early 1950s. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A view of Street looking east from on top of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, circa early (Bizarre Los Angeles)

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