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Historic Wilshire Blvd. Photo Collection Online

Anne Laskey’s shots of Wilshire Escrow, 4045-4049 Wilshire Blvd., and Du-par’s Restaurant, 5601 Wilshire Blvd., both from 1978

Now you can travel back in time (well, at least to the 1970s) through the recently published photographs of Anne Laskey and her mother Marlene, which are now part of the Los Angeles Public Library‘s historic photo collection.

Bob's Big Boy now Beverly HIlls BMW
At the old Bob’s Big Boy (now Beverly Hills BMW), on Wilshire between Citrus and Mansfield

The collection was recently reported in the LAist blog, which said:

“For two years in the latter part of the decade, Laskey and her 15-year-old daughter Annie would walk Wilshire Boulevard on Tuesday afternoons, shooting gorgeous slides and documenting the city as it was, from the beach to downtown. Marlene, who had moved from Michigan in the 1950s, was a historian and architecture enthusiast. Her teenage daughter was the primary photographer. These photos are now part of the Los Angeles Public Library’s amazing photo collection, available for all to see.”

Check it out and you’ll see familiar storefronts and buildings from our not-so-distant past, many of which are no longer with us.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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