Just when we think we’ve seen every photo of the Hollywoodland sign...along comes this one. It’s literally Hollywood history in the making—a shot of the Hollywoodland sign being constructed in 1923. I wonder if these guys realized they were building an icon.
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The iconic sign — which at one point was in disrepair and in danger of being torn down — gets new paint as its 90th anniversary approaches. We look back at its fabled history.
This is a picture of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign filled with history. It predates 1949 when the “LAND” was removed, and was taken from the air high enough to see the radio and TV tower and building atop Mt. Lee. On the Burbank side, Forest Lawn was only opened in 1952, so the street that is now Forest Lawn Drive was then an access road to the remaining part of the private Rancho Providencia south of the Los Angeles River. The main street perpendicular to the river at the left top is South…
Workers in front of the recently completed Hollywoodland sign, 1923 |
Given that there are a tractor and a horse in this shot, I’m assuming it was taken right after the Hollywoodland sign was completed at the end of 1923. So these are some of the workers who helped build the sign. They thought they were erecting an advertisement for a housing development and would probably be amazed to know that what they’d just built would become a globally recognized icon.
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Posted on July 13, 2015 Have you ever seen the famous Hollywoodland sign? I know, you're probably thinking – wait, Hollywood-LAND? Now, the sign looks more like this: It looks deceptively small in those photos, but the letters are 45 feet tall, and the current sign is 350 feet long. But when it was created as an advertisement for a new housing development, in 1923, it was not only four letters long, each letter was larger – 30 feet wide and 50 feet high. Also, it was studded with light…
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