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The Los Angeles Theatre in the 40s

It's fun seeing the same basic drawing for a postcard altered over time with different coloration and (sometimes) different signage superimposed. The card above, from the collection of Michelle Gerdes, gives us a view south on Broadway. This particular card was postmarked in 1947.

Another take from the same era, done slightly closer, is this card from the Theatre Talks collection of Cezar Del Valle. Here we get a crowd added.  In both cards, there's a bit of the vertical signs for the Palace Theatre over on the left.

Thanks to Brian McCray for this delightfully garish version of the card.

And here's a fun version of the same view from Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards collection on Flickr. Now we get two red cars in the middle of Broadway instead of only one. Her copy of this card bears a 1944 postmark. And, this time we get a moon!

You'll find many more vintage views on our main page about the Los Angeles Theatre. The theatre opened in 1931 and was designed by S. Charles Lee.

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