Los Angeles Public Library archives
A family stands on Hollywood Boulevard in 1969.
We’re used to touring our neighborhoods with a Google Maps Street View, but what if we had Google Maps in the 1950s and ’60s? It might look something like these video street tours from Vintage Los Angeles.
This one takes us on a tour of Hollywood Boulevard and surrounding areas in 1957.* Much of the neighborhoods look similar, but the cars provide the visual cue that we’re in a different time than the Los Angeles we’re used to.
You can step even further back in time with this Hollywood Boulevard footage from the early 1950s:
Step into the early 1960s with this tour of both Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard:
Finally, this video looks at the Sunset Strip in 1963:
* Ignore the “1953” in the video itself — fact checking of the video places it most likely a few years later.