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   


A Swedish expatriate and founder of Ultra Swank. Chris loves showcasing his passion for mid-century design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and modernist architecture. He's also renowned as a connoisseur of easy-listening music from the 60s and 70s.

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