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Hollywood Then and Now (Then & Now) Hardcover – December 9, 2003
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The worst thing about this book are the many obvious mistakes in locations and historic details. What a shame.
It is not even a true "Then & Now" book, the concept of which I find fascinating. Some of the new photos have no relation whatsoever to the archival photos, others are shot from a vantage point that in no way mirrors the original setting.
I ended up selling this book at a yard sale and was pleased to discover the work of another author, George Jezek, who publised a book called, "Hollywood Now & Then." Surprising that a product with such a similar approach could be so much more satisfying.
My second purchase eclipsed the first in every way and truly captures the spirit of a "Now & Then" concept.
I enjoyed this book and you will too, if your a Hollywood buff, or even California buff! It shows the different geology of Places from long ago and now. This book is a collector's item and I will keep it forever. The pics are great! this is for any LA lover!
But author Rosemary Lord has done a marvelous job chronicling the changes, giving tasty little tidbits from history to let the reader know how Hollywood started and she takes the reader through some of the many changes.
In her introduction Ms. Lord explains how Hollywood came to be, even how it got its name. Would you believe Hollywood was almost called "Figwood"? The stories are little hors d'oeuvres to satisfy the fussiest appetite. You get a taste of what it was like in the early days in this fully illustrated book. And what was nice is that some of that splendor is still with us.
This is such a splendid, memorable, book. A great gift for lovers of old Hollywood, or new.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable but needed more pics o' Hollywood Blvd. and all it's eateries, coffee shops, etc.Published 20 months ago by SF Paul NS
This is a fascinating book that runs through the history of Hollywood from 1889 to 2003 in beautiful images that must be treasured by readers interested in the history of... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Rama Rao
Book is everything I hoped it would be. Pictures are great. Not lengthy on the history, but definitely sufficient. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Mr. Smith
nice book. i like the little bit of history it gives. very nice for tourist coming to Los angeles. A+++Published on July 7, 2013 by Mark R. Parabot
I ordered this book as a reference guide for something I am writing about, it's pretty neat and I had fun looking through it.Published on June 12, 2013 by KRM
I got this book for my husband and myself because we have been to California (Hollywood included) before and it's very interesting to see how things were way back then versus now.Published on February 15, 2013 by angela_mma_21