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)

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.

A woman and a Chevrolet at the future site of UCLA’s Westwood campus in 1926.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A woman and a Chevrolet at the future site of UCLA’s Westwood campus in 1926.

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

A Pacific Electric red car on Newport Beach’s Balboa Peninsula in 1928. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A Pacific Electric red car on Newport Beach’s Balboa Peninsula in 1928. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.