One constant in the greater Los Angeles area is traffic, and this set of photos taken circa-1930 show that it was not just a post-World War II problem although it did get worse as time went by. The lead image and the enlargeable version below both contain heavy traffic at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and South Western Avenue circa 1930.
Earlier this area was part of Frank Pellissier’s dairy farm. When this photograph was taken, Pellissier Square was being developed by the Henry de Roulet Co. The firm’s sales-building can be seen on the right-hand street corner, and it was later replaced with the Pellissier Building that houses the Wiltern Theater.
The majority of the vehicles visible on Wilshire Blvd. date to the late-1920s but a close look appears to show a couple that maybe 1930 models. The Pellissier Garage has also been covered here in the past.
The view (below) is the junction of Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. circa 1934. Beyond the Flower Shop on the far side of the street are a number of businesses with one displaying a sign for twelve bottles of Coca Cola for fifty cents. There appears to be a Chrysler products roadster (a blur) on the far-left with its top and windshield down and at least three or four cars in the scene were built between 1934 to ’35.
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