Historical Photo Collection

View looking west at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Cloverdale Avenue. The Sontag Drug Store is seen on the northwest corner. Today it is the location of Wilshire Beauty Supply. The sign for the A and P Food Palace can be seen, the grocery store was next-door to Sontag's.

View looking west at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Cloverdale Avenue, circa 1939. The Sontag Drug Store is seen on the northwest corner. Today it is the location of Wilshire Beauty Supply. The sign for the A and P Food Palace can be seen, the grocery store was next-door to Sontag’s.

This collection of photos and vintage postcards offer a unique perspective of the rich history of the Miracle Mile [scroll down to view].

Here’s a link to an excellent interactive history guide to Wilshire Boulevard, including the Miracle Mile: Curating the City; Wilshire Blvd.

See our Aviation History of the Miracle Mile for historical photographs of Chaplin/Rogers Airport and DeMille Airfield.

And for a fresh perspective of Wilshire Boulevard see Miracle Mile: Then & Now Photographs.

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Zachary All

A blast from the past!

A circa 1978 commercial for Zachary All.

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Edward G. Nalbandian (December 29, 1927 – February 22, 2006) was the owner of Zachary All Clothing, a store he opened in the 1950s at 5467 Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile.

Nalbandian became a minor celebrity, making frequent appearances in commercials for his store. Most of these commercials featured the line “Come on down to 5-4-6-7 Wilshire Boulevard.”

In one commercial, Nalbandian said of his low prices, “My friends all ask me, ‘Eddie, are you kidding?’ And I tell them no, my friend, I am not kidding.” This inspired the Frank Zappa song Eddie, Are You Kidding? from the album Just Another Band from L.A. (1972).

In later years Nalbandian’s son took over the store’s operation. 5467 Wilshire is now occupied by a Walgreen’s drug store.

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The Darkroom was a Miracle Mile camera store located at 5370 Wilshire Boulevard. The original building was constructed in 1926, but the “camera” storefront was built in 1938. It was designed by architect Marus Miller. It’s black vitrolite glass façade is one of the most famous examples of roadside or programmatic architecture in the world – and one of the last remaining examples in Los Angeles. Its design has been replicated at Disney Studios Paris and Universal Studios Orlando. The store is now part of El Toro Cantina. The façade is protected as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. [Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress; Marvin Rand, photographer.]

The Darkroom was a Miracle Mile camera store located at 5370 Wilshire Boulevard. The original building was constructed in 1926, but the “camera” storefront was built in 1938. It was designed by architect Marus Miller. It’s black vitrolite glass façade is one of the most famous examples of roadside or programmatic architecture in the world – and one of the last remaining examples in Los Angeles. Its design has been replicated at Disney Studios Paris and Universal Studios Orlando. The store is now part of El Toro Cantina. The façade is protected as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. [Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress; Marvin Rand, photographer.]

2 Responses to Historical Photo Collection

  1. Andrea Daniel says:

    Great collection. Thank you for helping fill in my memories.

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