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Help us date and translate a trove of LA picture postcards




"Looking West on Seventh at Hill street ... in the heart of the downtown shopping district"
Hubert Lowman/HS Crocker Co
Broadway at night
Hubert Lowman/HS Crocker Co
The Griffith Observatory looms over "a city of lights."
Wm. M. Graham/Western Publishing & Novelty
Pershing Square, "a delightful resting place for countless visitors and Southern Californians." And underneath, "the world's largest underground garage," with space for more than 2,000 cars.
Wm. M. Graham/Western Publishing & Novelty
The Statler Center, "one of Los Angeles' smartest ultramodern buildings."
Hubert Lowman/HS Crocker Co
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, 'the newest and most modern sports arena in the country ... built at a cost of nearly six million dollars."
David Mills/HS Crocker Co
The Hollywood Bowl
Hubert Lowman/HS Crocker Co
Hollywood and Vine .. "Famous intersection in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world."
Frank Thomas/Western Publishing 7 Novelty Co.
The four-level interchange
Frank Thomas/Western Publishing 7 Novelty Co.
City Hall, "the tallest building in Los Angeles."
Hubert Lowman/HS Crocker Co
Los Angeles Civic Center
Wm. M. Graham/Western Publishing & Novelty
The back of one of the cards. Can you translate this for us?
Courtesy Gordon Henderson
Courtesy Gordon Henderson
Courtesy Gordon Henderson
Courtesy Gordon Henderson


My colleague Gordon Henderson recently bought a packet of picture postcards at the Pasadena City College flea market. It appears that they were originally purchased at Kennedy's Card Shop in Los Angeles.

(Google Street View of the building that would have included 331 W. 5th St, LA 13)

The cards show scenes from across L.A.: An Easter sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl, downtown's sparkling new Civic Center and Hollywood Boulevard.

Some also have writing on the back.

Scroll through the slideshow above. Can you help us date and translate the cards? 

Also, let us know what's changed, what still remains, and any memories or thoughts of the time these postcards capture. The paper bag is a time capsule that you can help us unlock.

(And make sure to check out Loyola Marymount's massive postcard collection online!)



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