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50+ Historical Photos Show What Los Angeles Looked Like In The 1930s

According to the U.S. Census record, the population in the City of Los Angeles in 1930 was over 1.2 million, and Los Angeles County had a population of over 2 million. In 1931, Los Angeles finally adopted its city flag by the ordinance. The tenth Olympic games held in Los Angeles, for which the Memorial Coliseum was enlarged to seat 105,000 spectators. On March 10, 1933, the Long Beach earthquake struck which caused 120 casualties and huge $50 million in damage. In 1935, the construction of Griffith Observatory was completed under a bequest left by Colonel Griffith J.

These amazing historical pictures capture famous streets, roads and everyday life of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Vote your favorites, and don’t forget to share.

#1 Traffic at Seventh and Spring, 1930

Traffic at Seventh and Spring, 1930

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#2 Caliente Golf Park, 4th Street and Vermont Avenue, 1931

Caliente Golf Park, 4th Street and Vermont Avenue, 1931

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#3 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#4 Culver City boosterism, 1930

Culver City boosterism, 1930

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#5 Girl waiting for bus on Beverly Boulevard, interesection at Van Ness, July 17, 1931

Girl waiting for bus on Beverly Boulevard, interesection at Van Ness, July 17, 1931

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#6 Looking north on Broadway at 7th Street, 1931

Looking north on Broadway at 7th Street, 1931

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#7 Looking south on Broadway from 4th Street, 1931

Looking south on Broadway from 4th Street, 1931

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#8 Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1931

Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1931

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#9 Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

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#10 6th and Olive Streets, 1930

6th and Olive Streets, 1930

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#11 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#12 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#13 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#14 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#15 Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

Crowds at Broadway and 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1930

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#16 May Company Department Store golden jubilee, 8th Street and Broadway, 1931

May Company Department Store golden jubilee, 8th Street and Broadway, 1931

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  1. # 15 .has wrong info , This Street is Wilshire Blvd facing west bound. on bottom right corner with palm trees is, La fayett park. Tall building in background is the Bullock’s Dept,Store

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#17 Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1931

Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1931

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#18 W. 8th Street and S. Broadway, 1931

W. 8th Street and S. Broadway, 1931

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#19 Traffic on Wilshire Blvd., 1932

Traffic on Wilshire Blvd., 1932

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#20 Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

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#21 Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

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#22 Morgan Hotel shown at 629 W. 8th Street, 1932

Morgan Hotel shown at 629 W. 8th Street, 1932

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#23 Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

Intersection West Temple Street and North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 1932

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#24 Looking south on Flower Street at 4th, 1933

Looking south on Flower Street at 4th, 1933

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#25 7th and Hope Streets, 1933

7th and Hope Streets, 1933

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#26 Looking west on Apablasa from Juan Street, 1933

Looking west on Apablasa from Juan Street, 1933

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#27 Looking west on Apablasa Street from Juan Street, 1933

Looking west on Apablasa Street from Juan Street, 1933

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#28 Looking west on east 7th at Mateo Street, 1933

Looking west on east 7th at Mateo Street, 1933

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#29 Window-shoppers at J.W. Robinson’s, 1933

Window-shoppers at J.W. Robinson's, 1933

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#30 Looking east on 1st Street from Broadway, 1934

Looking east on 1st Street from Broadway, 1934

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#31 Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard at Vermont Avenue, 1934

Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard at Vermont Avenue, 1934

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#32 Bankers Building on Hill Street, 1935

Bankers Building on Hill Street, 1935

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#33 Looking northeast on Figueroa from tunnel no. 1, 1935

Looking northeast on Figueroa from tunnel no. 1, 1935

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#34 Looking south on Broadway at 8th Street, 1935

Looking south on Broadway at 8th Street, 1935

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#35 Looking west on 7th Street at Broadway, 1935

Looking west on 7th Street at Broadway, 1935

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#36 Clifton’s Brookdale at 648 S. Broadway, 1936

Clifton's Brookdale at 648 S. Broadway, 1936

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#37 Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard at Berendo Street, 1936

Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard at Berendo Street, 1936

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#38 On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936

On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936

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#39 3rd Street tunnel, 1937

3rd Street tunnel, 1937

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#40 7th and Olive Streets, 1937

7th and Olive Streets, 1937

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#41 A young gentleman headed south on Grand Avenue across from the Mayflower Hotel, 1937

A young gentleman headed south on Grand Avenue across from the Mayflower Hotel, 1937

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#42 Biltmore Florists, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 1937

Biltmore Florists, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 1937

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#43 Broadway south at Seventh, 1937

Broadway south at Seventh, 1937

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#44 Clifton’s Brookdale at 648 S. Broadway, 1937

Clifton's Brookdale at 648 S. Broadway, 1937

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#45 Hill near 3rd Street, 1937

Hill near 3rd Street, 1937

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#46 Looking west on 7th Street at Hill, 1937

Looking west on 7th Street at Hill, 1937

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#47 Main at 9th Street, 1937

Main at 9th Street, 1937

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#48 The Hotel Latour, Hill Street, 1937

The Hotel Latour, Hill Street, 1937

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#49 Twelfth east at Main, 1937

Twelfth east at Main, 1937

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#50 Union Pacific building, Hill and 6th streets, 1937

Union Pacific building, Hill and 6th streets, 1937

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#51 Waiting for trains at La Grande Station, 1937

Waiting for trains at La Grande Station, 1937

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#52 Walking between the Figueroa Street tunnels, 1937

Walking between the Figueroa Street tunnels, 1937

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#53 Walking between the Figueroa Street tunnels, 1937

Walking between the Figueroa Street tunnels, 1937

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#54 Looking east on 5th Street across Olive, 1938

Looking east on 5th Street across Olive, 1938

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#55 Looking east on W 43rd Place at Garthwaite Avenue, 1938

Looking east on W 43rd Place at Garthwaite Avenue, 1938

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#56 Looking north on Hill Street at 4th, 1938

Looking north on Hill Street at 4th, 1938

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#57 Looking north on Spring Street from 5th, 1938

Looking north on Spring Street from 5th, 1938

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#58 Looking west on Hollywood Boulevard at Cahuenga, 1938

Looking west on Hollywood Boulevard at Cahuenga, 1938

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#59 Warner Brothers Downtown, 7th and Hill Streets, 1938

Warner Brothers Downtown, 7th and Hill Streets, 1938

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#60 Coulter’s, Wilshire Boulevard, 1939

Coulter’s, Wilshire Boulevard, 1939

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#61 Looking north on Spring Street at 2nd, 1939

Looking north on Spring Street at 2nd, 1939

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#62 Looking west on Wilshire Boulevard at S Westlake Avenue, 1939

Looking west on Wilshire Boulevard at S Westlake Avenue, 1939

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#63 Rainy day on Broadway, 1939

Rainy day on Broadway, 1939

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#64 Traffic at Wilshire and South Grand Avenue, 1939

Traffic at Wilshire and South Grand Avenue, 1939

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#65 Looking west on 8th Street from Main, ca. 1930s

Looking west on 8th Street from Main, ca. 1930s

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#66 South of Hill Street, Los Angeles, ca. 1930s

South of Hill Street, Los Angeles, ca. 1930s

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