Was it the film they used back then? Or was Los Angeles a little more vibrant in the 20th century than the rest of the world? No matter what it was, these photos give us a glimpse of life in the land of seemingly eternal summer.
The iconic Red Car tram was the way for Angelenos to get around in the first half of the century, until it was dismantled in 1961. This streetcar is crossing Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village during the early 1950s.
The poppy became California’s state flower in 1903, and it’s easy to see why. During summer, the hills of the Golden State become blanketed in these vibrant blossoms. And with this view of the Pacific in the background? Quintessential SoCal. Photo from 1975.
Since its opening in 1955, Disneyland has been an integral part of Southern California culture; its first year drew over 1 million visitors. Nowadays, that number is closer to 19 million annually. This photo from 1975 captures the day the Space Mountain attraction opened in Tomorrowland.
Of course, there was more to Los Angeles culture than theme parks. The Getty Villa opened in Malibu in 1974 and was modeled after a lavish Roman temple that was unearthed in Italy in the 1700s. Photo from 1986.