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
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.
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.