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Two letters of the alphabet are all that are needed to say the name of America’s second-largest city: L.A. Historic Photos of Los Angeles captures the historical essence of this rapidly moving, fast-growing, everchanging Pacific Coast city. Perhaps only New York can rank with Los Angeles in numbers of historical American architectural landmarks. From historic Union Station to Disneyland and the Hollywood sign, and from Griffith Auditorium to the Los Angeles Coliseum, readers of Historic Photos of Los Angeles will delight in watching the city grow before their eyes. With nearly 200 photographs gathered from the area’s top archives, this book tells the story of the meteoric growth and development of this landmark international destination. Historic Photos of Los Angeles is a must-have for history lovers and anyone who loves L.A.

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Seriously, I wouldn't praise the book if it didn't deserve it. I'm a sucker for L.A. history -- I think it's a rich subject that doesn't get the attention it deserves -- and this book was a pleasure to spend time with. The photos are well-chosen and beautiful, and the text (by Dana Lombardy) is entertaining and informative. This book would make a great gift- if I were willing to part with it. --shouldveaskedme.com

This collection of photographs, many of them by amateur photographers through the decades, paint a picture of a vibrant city. A city with problems, a city sprawling out of control, but a city full of life and ambition. Historic Photos of Los Angeles is a wonderful chronicle of our city. Sure it's not always pretty, but family histories rarely are. Like any good history book, this volume gives us a context from which to view Los Angeles as she stands today. If you love Los Angeles, warts and all, you'll love this book. --Andrew Moore, thefelties.blogspot.com

This is the story told in Historic Photos of Los Angeles, a book of neat pictures by Dana Lombardy. It's a compilation of archival photos: page after page of buildings, vintage cars, movie stars, pricey bars and salty tars, presented with helpful captions explaining their historical context. It made me realize how history-starved I am. My complaint about this town has long been that there is no history here; I've been to London and every third pub has a plaque over a corner chair reminding you that Dickens used to drink right here or Henry V killed a couple of his wives here after hours. In Los Angeles that pub would have been torn down a dozen times by now and replaced with newer, flimsier pubs. Here in this book is the evidence, the buildings that are long gone; the ones that inexplicably survive surrounded by entirely new buildings. Lombardy has an eye for good pictures too. It's all monochrome fare from 1870-1967 (the last shot is of the first Super Bowl at the LA Coliseum) and mostly gorgeous! You know what? Maybe we got history after all. --boxoffice.thepodcastnetwork.com

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