Snapshots in Time: Hollywood Through the Years

Kirk Wester |

The most widely recognized symbol of the entertainment business all over the world, Hollywood serves as the base of operations for many in U.S. entertainment companies. From a small community in the 1870s, Hollywood is now the largest film industry in the world. H.J. Whitley founded Hollywood, also known as Tinseltown, in the late 19th century. He purchased 480 acres of land in the area and decided to turn it into a town alongside General Harrison Gray Otis and Ivar Weid.
The iconic HOLLYWOODLAND sign was erected in 1923 to serve as an advertisement for a housing development in the area. In 1949, it was changed to HOLLYWOOD to refer to the community instead of the housing developments. Now, Hollywood is home to many offices, residential and retail complexes and other businesses.