Hollywood Studios (CA) (Postcard History Series)
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Just after the turn of the 20th century, the motion picture industry moved to the West Coast, and the largest land of make-believe was created in Hollywood, California. From the silent-era beginnings of primitive, open-air stages to the fabled back lots of the studios' heyday, Hollywood Studios presents a bygone era of magical moviemaking in rare postcards. Assembled from the author's private collection, these images from the Chaplin Studios to Metro-Goldwyn Mayer depict an insider's look back at the dream factories known as the Hollywood studios.
that film, television, and radio studios thrive at the highest level of expertise. There isn’t another place on earth with as many studios for radio, television, and film concentrated in one place as Hollywood and Los Angeles County. The precise year of the first movie set in Los Angeles has been in question for decades, but many believe that it was in Downtown Los Angeles in 1908 behind a Chinese laundry shop for Selig Polyscope. The movie studios in the San Fernando Valley and Culver City
Pacific Novelty Company.) MAKING MOVIES IN CALIFORNIA. This movie, filmed outdoors during the day in California shortly before 1920, shows three cameras available for the war film. Five reflectors are used to bounce light onto the actors. Note how the reflectors have been set up using wood. RUTH ROLAND FILM COMPANY NEAR BIG CREEK. The Mack Sennett Company was out on location for the Ruth Roland Film Company at the time this card was mailed on October 21, 1921. Four cameras on “sticks” are up
December 12, 1915, shows a village in the back lot and a scene with soldiers in a foreign land. PRODUCTION BUILDING IN UNIVERSAL CITY. Here is a view of a production building from the back of Laemmle Boulevard in the early 1920s. On the back of this postcard, it reads: “Have just seen Universal City, the greatest Motion Picture Colony and strangest city in the World. Be sure to see their Pictures.” UNIVERSAL CITY ZOO. In this photograph card, an employee stands near the lion cages at the zoo.
“STARS” BUNGALOW DRESSING ROOMS. The William Fox Studios had beautiful bungalows for their “stars” on the Western lot. In this postcard, the Fox Cafeteria and Tom Mix’s handball court and the boxing ring built for him for everyday workouts are visible. (Published by California Postcard Company.) FOX STUDIOS, WESTWOOD. Fox purchased 300 acres of land just west of Beverly Hills in 1926 and built Movietone City. By 1929, the stock market had done William Fox in, and he was forced out of his
picture. This 1926 card shows the front of the building, advertising Syd Chaplin in The Better ‘Ole. VITAPHONE can be read on the columns of the facade. WARNER BROTHERS IN HOLLYWOOD. Looking east on Sunset Boulevard in the late 1920s, the Warner Brothers Studios on Sunset Boulevard and Bronson is visible. The two tall towers are antennas for KFWB, a radio station inaugurated in 1925. It is still argued that the letters are an acronym for “Keep Filming Warner Brothers.” (Published by Western