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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 January 2013

Snow in Los Angeles circa 1949

Photo of snow on the streets of downtown Los Angeles in 1949

There was no talk of climate change in 1949 when the unusually cold weather greeted a precipitation front and, voila, snow in Los Angeles!  This archival photograph taken that winter shows downtown’s City Hall surrounded by ice and slush on the roadways.  Imagine the paralysis today if traffic was confronted with icy conditions.  Everyone knows that southern Californians can’t drive in the rain.  Snow?  Forgedaboudit!  Among the myriad topics likely to be discussed during a private luxury tour with our guests around Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and especially when we get out to the beaches of Venice and Malibu, the most likely subject is our weather.  People from all over the world are fascinated by the southern California clime — 330 days of 70° temperatures on average.  We aren’t known as sunny southern California for nothing.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 19 January 2013

Empty Highways in Los Angeles? Really?

Color postcard circa 1950 of the Hollywood Freeway

Another blast from the past from a historic Los Angeles photos fan.  This postcard of the Hollywood Freeway looking toward downtown Los Angeles (that tall building is City Hall ala Dragnet — dumm da dum dummm) is circa 1950, a time when cars were large and smoky and the freeways flowed even in the middle of the day.  This view is dwarfed today by the large buildings that create a corridor at this location and, of course, traffic moves along bumper-to-bumper.  We often get caught in traffic while on a private luxury tour around Los Angeles and take the time to point the camera out the window for a “different” view of our surroundings.

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