Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Summer Ideas: "The Wilshire Slides, 1978-79" #Free

clip_image001Take a visual historical tour of Wilshire Boulevard at this free event this Saturday at the Central Library!  These photo slides were donated to the Los Angeles Public Library in 2010 by Annie Laskey.

The photos were the outcome of an after-school project by then-teenager Laskey and her mother in 1978-1979.  The assignment?  "An informal photo survey of Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the ocean."

Mother Marlene was a Michigan native who'd come to L.A. in the late 1950s and loved everything about the city, especially the architecture. Daughter Annie liked the architecture too, and loved using her mom's Minolta camera. Together, they spent about a dozen Tuesday afternoons in 1978-9 walking Wilshire; Marlene taking notes and Annie taking pictures. The result was over 1,000 Kodachrome slides, documenting L.A.'s iconic street from its great landmarks to its empty lots.

Annie Laskey is also the Program Manager for the Los Angeles Conservancy and will be on-hand to share a selection of these 1,000+ slides at this free event. 

This event is on July 9th at 2pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in Downtown LA.  For more event information, visit

-Charity Tran

Summer Ideas is a series of free event suggestions happening this summer.

1 comment:

movoto said...

there was actually a really cool old film of driving down the sunset strip in 1964:

if it's anywhere as cool as that, i'd love to see what the miracle mile looked like back in the day!