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A forest of oil derricks makes a ghostly backdrop for a conversation in Signal Hill, California, in 1941. The city is located north of Long Beach in Los Angeles County. The complex geology of the L.A. Basin caused massive amounts of oil to be trapped beneath the city, which fed a booming oil industry at the turn of the century. At their peak, the wells at Signal Hill led California oil production. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

"Do you know, if I could go out upon the street, go to places and not be pawed and pushed, not cornered by frenzied autograph hunters; if I could go about just once like an ordinary girl and be treated like one, why -- well, it would be heaven." -- Veronica Lake (Bizarre Los Angeles)

decoarchitecture: The term “cut-rate” hasn’t aged well.  losangelespast: Sontag Drug Store, on the Miracle Mile at Wilshire Boulevard and ...

George Orson Welles, was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film-Born: May 6, 1915, Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States. Died: October 10, 1985, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. the 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds", one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films. Photo Colourised by Pearse

"George S. Takemura, landscape artist from West Los Angeles, builds a rustic wishing well at Manzanar, a War Relocation Authority center where evacuees of Japanese ancestry will spend the duration."--caption on photograph :: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive, 1941-1946