Wayback machine

Dave Bullock is posting images and text from a 1906 driving guide to Los Angeles over at LAVoice.org. One of the first pages to be uploaded features the "new" Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring.

In this new and elegant structure the famous hotels of the world have a most important rival. Erected and furnished solely by Los Angeles capital, the "Alexandria" is a monument to the wonderful advance made by this city in the few years since she entered that stage of her transition which permitted of her being termed "city" instead of "pueblo."

Also: LAist has an amusing interview with the man and woman behind the 1947project. In part II, posted Tuesday, the creators respond as a character from 1947.

And: Susan Kitchens is blogging as if its 1945, to commemorate the first atomic bombs.

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