The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

From Hippies to Hookers, One Photographer's Unearthed Photos From a Not-So-Golden Era

In the 1970s, photographer Ave Pildas roamed Hollywood Boulevard, snapping thousands of shots of its many characters in patchwork denim bell-bottoms and floppy hats. There was the group of transvestites who posed next to Judy Garland’s star on the Walk of Fame. And the boy dressed up for Halloween, one hand clenched in a fist and the other holding a devil’s spear. “I kicked his parents out of the picture,” Pildas remembers.

Pildas hadn’t looked at the pictures in years, until a curious reporter, who had heard about his work, …

venice beach 1960s

When Venice, California, Was Drab, Rough, and Wonderful

As a Volunteer in the War on Poverty, I Spent 1967 in the ‘Last Oceanfront Ghetto in America’

Most young women born in the 1940s were raised on the nursery rhyme indicating little girls were made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” My childhood vision of the …

Behind the 90210 Bunker

1970s Beverly Hills Was Rich, Odd, Insular-and a Great Place To Be a Kid

When my family moved to the San Fernando Valley from the East Coast, in 1965, my mother told the realtor she wanted an older home. The oldest they could find …

How Equality Begat Inequality

And Other Ways the 1970s Shaped Our World

I grew up in the South, but as part of a carpetbagger family. My Californian parents moved to Jim Crow North Carolina in 1951 for my dad to take a …