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Melrose Place & La Cienega Boulevard
1940 Photo: LA Public Library
What: A view of Melrose Place in looking southeast from across La Cienega Bouelvard, as seen on June 12, 1940. As LA Public Library notes, "seen are a Foster and Kleiser billboard for 76 gasoline, a few homes, and various businesses (right)."
The Beverly Center
1970 Photo: Water & Power
What: Before it entertained luxury retail therapy seekers and tourists, the Beverly Center's plot was home to Beverly Park. In true Tinseltown fashion, the amusement park — which ran from 1945 to 1974 — was a frequent film location (most notably, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, as KCET reveals) and celebrity haunt (Sonny and Cher, John Lennon, and Lana Turner, to name a few). Beverly Park: L.A.'s Kiddieland author Jay Jennings tells LAist that the Beverly Grove fun zone was the inspiration behind SoCal's very own Disneyland. See more throwback scenes in this YouTube vid, where one former visitor recalled that the family-friendly hangout "was really just a patch of green at the corner of Beverly and La Cienega." Oh, how times have changed.
North Beverly Drive & Dayton Way
1937 Photo: LA Public Library
What: Now buzzing with beauty buffs thanks to that massive Sephora, the corner of North Beverly Drive and Dayton Way was once the site of stylish children's outfitters Burdsals Boy Shop, as seen in this circa-1937 photo.
Undated Photo: USC Digital Library
What: Westminster Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard (originally West Washington Boulevard) in the early 1910s and in 2015.
Rodeo Drive & Wilshire Boulevard
1937 Photo: LA Public Library
What: Louis Vuitton now stands at the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, but back in the '30s it featured a swanky Streamline Moderne liquor store and the Petite Shop.
Melrose Avenue & Westbourne Drive
1930 Photo: USC Digital Library
What: These old-school signs were "reported as obstructing vision of traffic" — back in 1930, that is. It's now fine textiles store Mansour Rug, which is right across from soon-to-be-dunzo Kitson.
Hollywood & Highland
1926 Photo: LAPL Public Library; 2015 Photo: Google Street View
What: Not even Prohibition-era Hollywood and Highland was immune to traffic. Back then, pedestrians could hitch a ride on Pacific Electric's red streetcars and take a trolley from Downtown to Sunset Junction to Santa Monica. Come next spring, 2016 Angelenos can take nearly the same car-free journey when Metro's extended Expo line unveils its new tracks.
South Broadway in Downtown
1951 Photo: LA Public Library
What: A bustling scene outside of the Eastern Columbia building at South Broadway and Ninth Street, as seen in 1951 and 2015. Long before GQ crowned Downtown as America's next greatest city, the LA Times boasted that South Broadway was "the busiest block in the city," as we noted earlier this year when this image originally ran.