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Fabulous Boulevard [*SIGNED*]

by Hancock, Ralph

First Edition

Price: $15.00
from: ReadInk

  • Seller Inventory #: 25842
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Good
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Company
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: (c.1949)
  • Keywords: Los Angeles, Southern California, Forties

New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. Good. (c.1949). First Edition. Hardcover. (pictorial boards; no dust jacket) [a decent reading copy, but no more, with bumping and visible wear at all extremities (including exposure of boards at a few corners]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. A breezy portrait of postwar Los Angeles (with plenty of history thrown in), as seen from the perspective of Wilshire Boulevard, the almost 16-mile-long traffic artery that starts in the heart of downtown L.A. and dead-ends a few hundred yards shy of continent's end at Santa Monica. Although many of the landmarks described and discussed herein (the Brown Derby restaurants, the Ambassador Hotel, etc.) are long-gone, a drive along Wilshire will still take you past plenty of vestiges of the Boulevard's glorious past -- until you get west of Westwood, from there on out it's pretty much modern crap all the way. Random fun fact: in 1949 there were no fewer than fourteen drive-in eateries scattered along Wilshire; pages 301-302 include a colorful (and a bit sexist) discussion of the car-hops, "the real belles of the Boulevard." Signed by Author .