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Aug 25

A Gilmore Gasoline station at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea in 1928. (USC Libraries/Dick Whittington Photography Collection)

A Gilmore Gasoline station at the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea in 1928. (USC Libraries/Dick Whittington Photography Collection)

Aug 22

A mostly unpaved Los Angeles River meanders through Elysian Valley, also known as Frogtown, in 1940. (USC Libraries/California Historical Society Collection)

A mostly unpaved Los Angeles River meanders through Elysian Valley, also known as Frogtown, in 1940. (USC Libraries/California Historical Society Collection)

Aug 20

Here’s L.A.’s Miracle Mile District in 1940. Today, Park La Brea occupies the undeveloped land in the middle of the image. 
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Here’s L.A.’s Miracle Mile District in 1940. Today, Park La Brea occupies the undeveloped land in the middle of the image. 

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

Aug 18

Helms Bakery trucks once delivered freshly baked goods to neighborhoods across Southern California. Here’s a fleet of them in 1931, the year the service debuted.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Helms Bakery trucks once delivered freshly baked goods to neighborhoods across Southern California. Here’s a fleet of them in 1931, the year the service debuted.

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

Aug 11

Looking south on downtown Los Angeles from Poundcake Hill, circa 1869. Broadway appears here as a dirt road, then known as Fort Street. Bunker Hill is the bald ridge on the right.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Looking south on downtown Los Angeles from Poundcake Hill, circa 1869. Broadway appears here as a dirt road, then known as Fort Street. Bunker Hill is the bald ridge on the right.

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