I'm going to try my best to keep up with this one, though. Introducing: Historic LA. I'm going to feature a new neighborhood each week through vintage photos found in the excellent Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection. From what I can gather, many of the photos are from unidentified photographers.
First up: My new neighborhood, Echo Park. Did you know that Ayn Rand, Steve McQueen, Woodie Guthrie, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Huston, Jackson Pollack, Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Babe Ruth, and Richard Neutra all called Echo Park home?
Here we go. Click each one to view larger.
Turn of the century - Echo Park Lake
Fishing Rodeo held at Echo Park Lake, 1967
Learn to canoe class @ Echo Park Lake, 1965
Anyone else remember that? Ours were for earthquakes but this is in case of a "national emergency."
You can tell by the rear-end's facing the window that this one's for an earthquake.
Evidently, a lot of fishing went down.
There was a season for it, though, and you could get in trouble if you fished out of season. That was a motorcycle cop.
Echo Park on July 24, 1946. They join Los Angeles' ever-growing legion of those evicted from their homes, 1946"
These guys occupied LA before anyone. My guess was that they lived in Chavez Ravine and were among those forced out so Dodger Stadium could be built but this was twelve years prior.
1944 at Angelus Temple.
Remember the lotus flowers? 1932
Evidently, they're coming back once the draining project is complete.