Black Dahlia - LOS ANGELES in the 40s

In 1908, when the new "film industry" began to put roots into California soil, land was cheap and plentiful. Early Los Angeles, the "city of angels," had changed and was no longer a small farming town.

By 1912, the first section of the "Port of Los Angeles" was ready - just in time for the 1914 opening of the Panama Canal. (Be sure to click on the "animation" to see how ships pass through the canal's locks). LA became the closest port to the new canal.

As Los Angeles grew, and "Hollywood culture" took hold, the city needed more roads and workers. The "Great Depression" helped to fill that need as many jobless, displaced people moved to California.

How did Los Angeles appear during those years? USC's "Digital Archive" helps to answer that question:

  • A 1925 panoramic view of Hollywood, looking north on Vine from Clinton Street, depicts the famous sign. At the time, it said "Hollywoodland."
  • The Arroyo Seco, along a section of future parkway, in 1936 Pasadena.
  • Soon after it opened, the southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadenia Freeway) had a major traffic jam (on February 4, 1941) near the Figueroa Tunnels.
  • A 1946 view from Sepulveda, about one-half mile west of Sunset Boulevard.
  • By 1948, 5 o'clock traffic - on Arroyo Seco Parkway - provides a mere foretaste of future LA-road congestion.

In late 1946, Elizabeth Short moved to the Los Angeles area. In one of her last letters, she told her family she was about to realize a lifelong dream.

She was going to get a screen test.


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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 01, 2006

Updated Last Revision: Nov 15, 2017

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