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Griffith Observatory: 1962

Griffith Observatory: 1962

Family outing to Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Spring 1962. New baby in the stroller. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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"Rebel Without a Cause"

Remembering one of the scenes shot in the movie at this location. I read somewhere that a monument and statue of James Dean is on the property.


I was born Jan. 1962, my 5 and 3 year old get excited when we go here. Still a great place to visit best time is at night. People are still building motorcycles in that style today. Dig the black suit and love the 1959 Chevy.


Our family traveled from South Bend, IN to LA in June of 1963, and visited the Griffith Park Observatory, among many other places, so this brings back so many memories! For those interested, my guess on the cars: 59 Chevy, 51 Pontiac, 58 Plymouth, 59 Buick, and a 55 Ford.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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