A 1928 view of the Monte Mar Vista tract, now part of Los Angeles’ Cheviot Hills neighborhood. The street in the foreground is Monte Mar Drive. The Hillcrest Country Club is behind the house on the left.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

A 1928 view of the Monte Mar Vista tract, now part of Los Angeles’ Cheviot Hills neighborhood. The street in the foreground is Monte Mar Drive. The Hillcrest Country Club is behind the house on the left.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

Atlantic Ave in Long Beach, surrounded by a forest of oil derricks in 1940. 
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Atlantic Ave in Long Beach, surrounded by a forest of oil derricks in 1940. 

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

Composite photo produced by the Dick Whittington Studio for the White Truck Co. in 1929. The truck and men in the foreground were superimposed on the background image of a burning oil well. 
This is one of more than 30,000 photos from our “Dick” Whittington Collection that we’ve recently digitized with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Composite photo produced by the Dick Whittington Studio for the White Truck Co. in 1929. The truck and men in the foreground were superimposed on the background image of a burning oil well. 

This is one of more than 30,000 photos from our “Dick” Whittington Collection that we’ve recently digitized with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Oil wells on Venice Beach in 1931.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Oil wells on Venice Beach in 1931.

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

Wilmington Oil Wells at Night, circa 1930.

Wilmington Oil Wells at Night, circa 1930.