Driving out West – Driving in California in the 1950’s was a real adventure. Pictured here was a road sign showing the way to Los Angeles, a town where dreams were made, as Los Angeles is the center of the film and music industries.
Simpler times – When the fast food restaurant came to fruition in the 1950’s, it became a popular way to dine, especially with the cheap prices. At 19 cents a burger, it was a cheap and affordable alternative for families looking for a meal out.
Welcome To Disneyland! – Opening in 1955, Disneyland would become a major attraction in southern California and around the world. Today, millions of visitors come and visit the park from around the world. And while it has gone under many changes over the years it still remains a nostalgic place for both children and adults.
Welcome to the Palace Theatre! – The Palace Theater which is located in the Broadway Theater District in Los Angeles is one of the oldest (and remaining) Orpheum theaters in the country. Opening in 1911, it was a vaudeville theater from its opening until 1926, when it became a movie theater. It still shows movies today.
Burgers and Fries – Much like the drive in movie theaters, diners became a popular destination when eating out for families and teenagers who were looking for a good burger and milkshake. Today, Los Angeles is heavy on the nostalgia when it comes to its diners as many of them still have the 1950’s feel of old time diners.
Can I pump your gas? – During the 1950’s it was common to see gas station attendants pumping gas for customers who needed to fill up their gas tanks. This 50’s gas station can still be found in California and is a reminder of easier times.
Play Ball! – Dodger Stadium has been a landmark for baseball fans in Los Angles since it first opened in 1962. In the photo we see the beginnings of the iconic baseball park at the start of the building process in September 1959.
It’s Marilyn! – Here we have Marilyn Monroe at her Mann’s Chinese Theater hand print ceremony which took place in Los Angeles in 1953 along with the ceremony of her good friend Jane Russell. The two actresses starred in the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes together, and their hand prints that you see outside the theater were in celebration of both their accomplishments in film.
Soaking up the sun – Reflecting the fashion of the 1950’s, here we have three young women going for a tan on the beaches of sunny Southern California. Ultimately, this photo represents the carefree lifestyle of California in 1950’s as we get to take a peek into the past with this photo.
Let’s go to the movies – Here we the marquee at the Paramount Theater when they showed Curse of the Undead which premiered in May of 1959. Doubling as a vampire and Western movie, shooting took eighteen days to complete and starred Eric Flemming and Kathleen Crowley.