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One of the Hollywood Canteen's most loyal and frequent volunteers was talented, Mickey Rooney. Here he is on the stage, in 1943, entertaining the visiting servicemen. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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One of the favorite events at the Hollywood Canteen was the "tag dance". This was where a serviceman could could "cut in" on another serviceman who was dancing with a Hollywood actress, and take his place. This is a 1943 photo of an army serviceman attempting to "cut in" on a sailor dancing with actress, Claire Trevor. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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Before and shortly after the beginning of the 20th century, Hollywood consisted of small farms, ranches, fields, orchards and residences. Here is a 1906 photo showing the Immaculate Heart High School at the corner of Franklin & Western Avenues. In the foreground are homes and orchards. From the hollywoodphotos.com website. 
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By the 1920's, Hollywood Blvd. became one of the most popular and lavish streets in the country. During the previous decade, Hollywood Blvd. was converted from a residential street to a shopping boulevard. Aside from beautiful shops, Hollywood Blvd. was lined with hotels, palace type theaters and office buildings. Here is a 1924 photo of Hollywood Blvd., looking east at Highland Ave. From the hollywoodphotos.com website.
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Charlie Chaplin made movies for several film companies before he purchased property, in Hollywood, and built his own studio. The studio was located on La Brea Ave., just south of Sunset Blvd. and occupied most of the block. Later, the studio became home of A & M Records and then, later, Henson Recording Studios. Here is a 1922 aerial photo of Chaplin's studio. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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The Cahuenga Valley (now Hollywood) consisted of small ranches, farms, orchards and fields. Here is R.P Rapp's pineapple field at, what is now, Gower & Franklin Avenues., in 1880. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

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Over the course of the Hollywood Bowl's almost 100 year history, it has had several shells that covered the stage. The second shell was this pyramidal shape one that was designed by Lloyd Wright, for the 1927 season. This shell wasn't well received which led to having Lloyd Wright design a new shell for the 1928 season. From the www.hollywoodphotographs.com website. 
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One of Hollywood's most famous & Infamous hotels was the Garden of Allah on Sunset Blvd. Opened in 1927 by Russian actress, Alla Nazimova, the hotel was patronized by some of Hollywood's most popular celebrities. However because of well publicized parties, orgies, debauchery and scandalous events that took place at the hotel, many of Hollywood's celebrities stopped staying there. Here it is in 1940. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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The "Two Mickeys". Here is Mickey Rooney standing next to Shore Patrolman, Mickey Simpson at the Hollywood Canteen. After WWII, Mickey Simpson entered show business and, usually, play the "heavy" in movies. From the hollywoodphotographs.com website.
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