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Street scene in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Street scene in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Albert Einstein and his wife at a dinner at the Hotel Ambassador, Los Angeles 1931

Albert Einstein and his wife at a dinner at the Hotel Ambassador, Los Angeles 1931

Pan Pacific Auditorium part one

Interior of the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, set up for a musical concert. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

Downtown Los Angeles. This picture was taken from Spring and 2nd streets around 1895. The Hollenbeck Building is to the left. In the distant background are some of the houses on Bunker Hill close by to downtown. Suburbia just a block or two away from stark downtown! The tall towered building in the distance is the Court House.

C.C. Pierce Photography Collection [updated]

The Hollenbeck Hotel in Los Angeles circa It's hard to imagine that this was once Downtown Los Angeles.

Richfield Tower, 1954

Different views of the Richfield Tower (aka Richfield Oil Building) downtown Los Angeles, 1929 to 1969

Los Angeles: 1932-33 | CHS

Oil rigs on Court Street from Bixel Street. (Los Angeles: by Anton Wagner, PC California Historical Society.

"Dramatic Meeting -- As 36 more Japanese returned to the Southland yesterday, they passed many service men on their way to battle zones. Here a sailor stares at a young evacuee."--caption on photograph :: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive, 1941-1946

"Dramatic Meeting -- As 36 more Japanese returned to the Southland yesterday, they passed many service men on their way to battle zones. Here a sailor stares at a young evacuee."--caption on photograph :: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive, 1941

Downtown #LosAngeles at the intersection of Broadway and 7th in 1943. #Photography

Downtown Los Angeles, 70 years ago: This is the intersection of Broadway and as it looked in Photo: UCLA Library / Los Angeles Times

Street grids clash in this 1939 aerial photograph of Los Angeles. Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries.

Why L.A. Has Clashing Street Grids

's clashing street grids and the errant boulevards that defy them represent a palimpsest of past political and cultural influences on the Los Angeles cityscape.

Model of Downtown Los Angeles 1940 #LA

''This photo, taken in shows an insanely detailed model of downtown Los Angeles, a WPA project that was displayed at the Museum of Natural History. The photo is one of hundreds in a new Taschen book called “Los Angeles: Portrait of a City”.

A young Japanese boy awaits interment at an American camp in 1942. Photographed by Dorothea Lange. [750x958]

Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps May 1942 — Centerville, California. This youngster is awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.

When drive-ins developed in the 1920s, orders were taken and food was subsequently delivered on trays, and customers ate in their cars.

THE ILLUSTRIOUS DRIVE-IN

- Exterior view of Carpenters Sandwich drive-in restaurant, with the carhops posing for the photo, in The drive-in was located at 6265 Sunset Blvd (N/E corner of Sunset and Vine).

The Fourth of July parade in Downtown Los Angeles along Broadway, 1942. (Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)

Patriotism was at an all-time high: The Fourth of July parade in Downtown Los Angeles along Broadway, (Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)

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