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October 27, 2020

40 Vintage Postcards Show How California Has Changed Since the Mid-1950s

At the end of World War II, many Americans began to move out of the cities and into the suburbs. In response to chronic housing shortages, the federal government offered generous home loans to war veterans, and tax benefits for home ownership.

Aggressive building of highway systems and the parallel rise in automobile ownership contributed to the development of communities well beyond urban centers. These and other incentives effectively jump-started the modern era of the single-family suburban home and the suburban revolution.

California was no exception. Between 1950 and 1970, the nation’s suburban population doubled (from 36 million to 74 million residents), with 83 percent of the nation’s growth in the suburbs. California’s abundant land, cheap labor, and mild climate put it in the vanguard of the new housing movement.

These amazing postcards from Alberta Mayo were taken by Frank J. Thomas that show street scenes of California in the mid-1950s.

Glendale. Brand Boulevard

Glendale. Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Arroyo Seco Parkway

Burbank. NBC Color Television Studios

Hollywood. Entrance to Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood. Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood. Hollywood and Vine

Hollywood. Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood. Hollywood Freeway, Cahuenga Pass

Hollywood. Looking up Vine Street from Sunset Blvd

Hollywood. Vine Street

Inglewood. The Paddock, Hollywood Race Track, Hollywood Park

La Crescenta Valley. View of the beautiful La Canada

Long Beach. East Ocean Avenue

Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Exposition Park

Los Angeles. Ambassador Hotel

Los Angeles. Angel's Flight, Third and Hill Streets

Los Angeles. Chinatown

Los Angeles. General Douglas MacArthur Park

Los Angeles. Harbor Freeway, Looking North from Sixth Street

Los Angeles. Historical Cross, Olvera Street

Los Angeles. La Brea Tar Pits

Los Angeles. Little Tokyo

Los Angeles. Little Tokyo

Los Angeles. Network of Freeways near Civic Center

Los Angeles. Newly constructed Civic Center taken from the Japanese quarter

Los Angeles. Restaurant Row, La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles. University of Southern California

Malibu Beach

Monrovia. Myrtle Avenue with the majestic Sierra Madres in the distance

Pasadena. Colorado Street

Pomona. Los Angeles County Fair

Pomona. Los Angeles County Fair

Portuguese Bend. Wayfarers' Chapel

Redondo Beach. El Paseo and Pier

Redondo Beach. Fishing from the Pier

Redondo Beach. Sport Fishing Boat ‘G.W.’

San Pedro Harbor

Santa Monica. Hotel Miramar

Santa Monica. Pacific Palisades Park




1 comment:

  1. Just in time for the Dodgers' win in the World Series!

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