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Bird's-eye view of downtown from top of Hill St. Tunnel, Los Angeles, circa 1921-1923
Date Created and/or Issued
[circa 1921-1923]
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
This is a bird's-eye view from the top of the Court Hill, above the Hill St. Tunnel, looking down Hill St. towards 1st St. The tunnel was one of several built in the early twentieth century in order to connect LA's historic Downtown to the suburbs in the west through the palisade of hills separating them. At the foreground of the image, we can see park benches placed strategically for people to enjoy the view. We see streetcar tracks emerging out of the tunnels blending into the busy streets in the background. To the left, we can see the board to a Hotel La Crosse, and to the right, there are two boards, with the signs, "Starting Sat. Mar. 24 Charles Chaplin" and, "Mar. 26 Kolb & Dill Now and Then" partly obscured by a pole. The negative is slightly damaged at the top center.
The Hill Street Tunnel was completed in 1909. "Now and Then," advertised on a billboard visible in the photograph, was a comedy written by Aaron Hoffman and performed by the Vaudeville comedy team Kolb and Dill, referring to Clarence William Kolb (1874-1964) and Max M. Bill (1876-1949). "Now and Then" is most frequently referenced in newspaper advertisements dating from 1921 to 1923.
Text on nitrate sleeve: Los Angeles City, Streets, Hill St. Tunnel; [Handwritten center right] SM has 1 copy; [On a post-it to bottom left] damaged, (try to scan)
Handwritten on edge of negative: Hill St....Tunnel
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Tunnels--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Hill Street Tunnel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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