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So. Cal. Edison display window, 1930 Los Angeles Community Chest campaign. From the SCE collection at the Huntington.  http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/26521/rec/46

So. Cal. Edison display window, 1930 Los Angeles Community Chest campaign. From the SCE collection at the Huntington. http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16003coll2/id/26521/rec/46

The celebrated Goodfellow's Grotto at 4th and Main Streets  was, at the time of its closing in 1953, the city's oldest restaurant. In "The Kept Girl," Raymond Chandler meets his policeman friend Tom James here to share their discoveries in the Great Eleven investigation.    Photo: Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times

The celebrated Goodfellow's Grotto at 4th and Main Streets was, at the time of its closing in 1953, the city's oldest restaurant. In "The Kept Girl," Raymond Chandler meets his policeman friend Tom James here to share their discoveries in the Great Eleven investigation. Photo: Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times

The January 1927 issue of Photoplay had this feature where Ann Pennington instructed Felix the Cat on how to do the "Black Bottom", which was a popular dance at the time.

The January 1927 issue of Photoplay had this feature where Ann Pennington instructed Felix the Cat on how to do the "Black Bottom", which was a popular dance at the time.

Los Angeles Examiner building. Newspaper founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1903. L.A. Public Library

Los Angeles Examiner building. Newspaper founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1903. L.A. Public Library

Remembering Clifton's Cafeteria (1935-2011-?) http://www.esotouric.com/clifton  Photo by Derek Hutchison

Remembering Clifton's Cafeteria (1935-2011-?) http://www.esotouric.com/clifton Photo by Derek Hutchison

Eager hands of homeless children are shown handling the cartons of Christmas gifts delivered at the Los Angeles Orphanage on December 19, 1941, by The Evening Herald and Express. On Christmas morning the boxes will be opened. Toys, requested in letters to Santa, will be distributed to these children who might otherwise be forgotten". Los Angeles Orphanage is at 917 South Boyle Avenue.

Eager hands of homeless children are shown handling the cartons of Christmas gifts delivered at the Los Angeles Orphanage on December 19, 1941, by The Evening Herald and Express. On Christmas morning the boxes will be opened. Toys, requested in letters to Santa, will be distributed to these children who might otherwise be forgotten". Los Angeles Orphanage is at 917 South Boyle Avenue.

The world was not ready for an ermine bikini in 1927—and it is still not ready. USC, Dick Whittington Collection.  http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll170/id/70191

The world was not ready for an ermine bikini in 1927—and it is still not ready. USC, Dick Whittington Collection. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll170/id/70191

Before "L.A. Confidential," there was "Shotgun Freeway"-- the groundbreaking 1996 documentary about Los Angeles coming to grips with its own history. Against a backdrop of never-before-seen archive footage on the L.A., Shotgun Freeway presents a diverse group of Angelenos who guide the film through their own past as well as the city's. Stars James Ellroy, Buck Henry, Mike Davis, Buddy Collette, David Hockney and more.

Before "L.A. Confidential," there was "Shotgun Freeway"-- the groundbreaking 1996 documentary about Los Angeles coming to grips with its own history. Against a backdrop of never-before-seen archive footage on the L.A., Shotgun Freeway presents a diverse group of Angelenos who guide the film through their own past as well as the city's. Stars James Ellroy, Buck Henry, Mike Davis, Buddy Collette, David Hockney and more.

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