USC Libraries

Jul 30

There was an auto racing speedway in Beverly Hills from 1920-24. (USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection)

There was an auto racing speedway in Beverly Hills from 1920-24. (USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection)

Jul 23

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.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 21

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.

Jul 18

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.