Oil! A gusher on Long Beach’s Dominguez Oil Field in 1925.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Oil! A gusher on Long Beach’s Dominguez Oil Field in 1925.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In 1926, an Oxnard beach got a glitzy new name: “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.”
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In 1926, an Oxnard beach got a glitzy new name: “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.”

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Echo Mountain above Pasadena was once home to the world’s most powerful searchlight. At 3 million candlepower, it was said to be visible all across Los Angeles and even from Catalina Island.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Echo Mountain above Pasadena was once home to the world’s most powerful searchlight. At 3 million candlepower, it was said to be visible all across Los Angeles and even from Catalina Island.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A bridle path once ran down the median of Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A bridle path once ran down the median of Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.