Miracle Mile 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, vintage postcards and ephemera, offers a unique perspective of the rich history of the Miracle Mile [scroll down to view slide show].

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

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


Ruben’s Elevator from Dress Code on Vimeo.

Wonderful short documentary on the last elevator operator in the Miracle Mile


For the definitive history of the Miracle Mile read:

Mile Mile in Los Angeles

Miracle Mile in Los Angeles; History and Architecture

by Ruth Wallach

Available at Amazon.com


A Circa 1978 Commercial for Zachary All

Zachary All[click on image to view]

Edward G. Nalbandian (1927–2006) 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.


The Lady of La Brea: Madame Ida Hancock Ross,

Los Angeles’ Forgotten Matriach

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Miracle Mile Historical Photographs

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