Venice Beach, 1940

As I’ve mentioned before, one can spend quite a bit of time lost in the digitized photography archives hosted by the digital library at the University of Southern California. It’s the single best resource I’ve found for large- and medium- format Los Angeles photography. Wherever possible, I try to look for ways to group photographs together. I… Read More Venice Beach, 1940

Mao’s Kitchen Wasn’t Funny in 1946

I’ve seen this photo numerous times, but I just realized (I’m pretty sure) that the Western Union storefront in the photograph is where Mao’s Kitchen is now located. I had lunch there yesterday, and I guess it just clicked. Pretty cool to see how the infrastructure was once built around the Pacific Electric cars.

Westminster Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard

From the USC Digital Archives: Photograph of Westminster Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA,, [s.d.]. Abbot Kinney Boulevard runs from the foreground to the background at center and intersects Westminster at center. Both roads are paved, and several early-model automobiles can be seen parked along the sides of the road. Single-story buildings line… Read More Westminster Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard