Monday, 27 July 2009

Postcard of the Night No. 2, Hollywood, California

This card shows the second Brown Derby Restaurant, which opened on Valentine’s Day 1929 at 1628 North Vine Street Hollywood. Although it lacks the architectural extravagance of its hat-shaped forebear it attracted a more illustrious clientele from the nearby movie aristocracy. The architecture is Spanish Colonial and the famous hat has been distilled into a roof mounted neon sign. The shadows of night produce a flattering image of mystery and promise and conceal the visual clutter to be seen in the daytime image below.

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