Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

1946 Downtown Los Angeles in Color

Written by Christopher • November 9th, 2012

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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