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- 2 / 11Tram to the BeachThe iconic Pacific Electric transit network (whose trams were affectionately nicknamed "Red Cars") was the way for Angelenos to get around from the beginning of the 20th century until the system's dismantling in 1961. This streetcar is crossing Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village during the early 1950s.
Photo by Atwater Village Newbie/Flickr
- 3 / 11Car WashEven in the mid-1950s, there was no shortage of cars in the metropolis that would become known for its traffic. This car wash in Highland Park kept those automobiles shiny.
Photo by Allen/Flickr
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- 6 / 11The SuburbsThroughout the 20th century, metropolitan Los Angeles was famously called a collection of suburbs in search of a city. Here, a common front-yard scene from 1969.
Photo by Kent Klanouse/Flickr
- 7 / 11California PoppiesThe poppy became California’s state flower in 1903, and it’s easy to see why. During summer, these vibrant blossoms blanket the hills of the Golden State. And with this 1975 view of the Pacific in the background? Quintessential SoCal.
Courtesy of National Archives
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- 9 / 11Space Mountain
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 18 million annually. This photo from 1975 captures the day the Space Mountain attraction opened in Tomorrowland.
Photo by Tom Simpson/Flickr
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