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Photos of LA from the 1830s through today to celebrate 177 years of photography

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Brittany Martin
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Today is World Photo Day, marking the 177th anniversary of the invention of cameras as we know them today. To celebrate, we've pulled 19 cool photographs of Los Angeles from the digital archives available at the Los Angeles Public Library. We picked one per decade starting when cameras were first invented so you can see how photography—and the city—evolved! To continue your celebration, you might want to make your way to one of the city's many great galleries that specialize in photography

1830s - Mission Hills

Early families in front of San Fernando Rey de España Mission

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1840s - Los Angeles

Living room of Don Francisco Avila, Mayor of Pueblo de Los Angeles

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1850s - San Pedro

Photo of Dead Man's Island in San Pedro

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1860s - Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Courthouse

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1870s - Los Angeles, CA

Carriage Ride in Elysian Park

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1880s - Los Angeles

Inauguration of cable cars on Broadway

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1890s - North Hollywood

Toluca Road (now Lankershim Boulevard)

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1900s - Los Angeles

The Belasco Theater

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1910s - Los Angeles

Chinese American voters rally for a candidate 

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1920s - Burbank

Lockheed Air Express plane at Union Airport 

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1930s - Los Angeles

Occidental College Archery Class

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1940s - Los Angeles

Parking lot price wars  

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1950s - Los Angeles

Celebrating the 183rd birthday of Los Angeles

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1960s - Los Angeles

A bus waiting in Hollywoodland

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1970s - Santa Monica

A&W Drive In, Wilshire Boulevard

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1980s - Los Angeles

Anti-Khomeini protest at City Hall

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

1990s - Los Angeles

Abandoned field north of Chinatown

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

2000s - Los Angeles

Panoramic view of Downtown

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

2010s - Los Angeles

Rakestraw Memorial Community Education Center

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

 Which was your favorite decade? Have some amazing LA shots of your own to add? Leave them in the comments section below!

 

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