1946 Downtown Los Angeles in Color

By Christopher Nov 9th, 2012 in Roadtrip

The city of Los Angeles, late 1940s. A place of glamour, fame, and wealth, but also where crime, vice, and corruption are rife. Film noir and neo noir movies such as Sunset Boulevard, L.A. Confidential and Double Indemnity help to set stark contrasts.

However, here is some old stock footage that was shot in color and still holds up very well. It is rare to see Los Angeles being presented outside its black and white trademark from this period and I for one is struck in awe to see this wonderful city in color.

Source The Internet Archive   


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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Comments for this article

  • http://profiles.google.com/armpitstudios Steve Mills

    Truly fascinating, but it’s too bad they were driving so fast, because a lot of things are too blurry to read.

  • http://www.ultraswank.net Chris

    This is footage that was to be used for background projection when filming car scenes.

  • Elise

    I just discovered your site and am blown away at this rare footage.

  • Rick

    Truly amazing! Thanks for posting this magnificent footage.

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