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Nov. 1955: Spring St. entrance to Los Angeles City Hall. This photo was the first image used in the Know Your City series started in the Nov. 18, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

November 1955: Know Your City no. 3: Angels Flight as it crosses Clay St. in downtown Los Angeles. This photo was published in the Nov. 20, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Nov 9, 1955: Know Your City no. 4: Statue of Ludwig van Beethoven in Pershing Square used in the Know Your City series. This photo was used in the Nov. 21, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Nov. 9, 1955: Know Your City no. 6: Entrance to the Los Angeles County Law Library. This photo was published in the Nov. 23, 1955 Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 8, 1955: Know Your City no. 8: Exterior of Hompa Hongwanja Buddhist Temple in LIttle Tokyo. This photo was published in the Nov. 25, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Anglees Times Archive/UCLA

Nov. 18, 1955: Night view of the Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy and Library on the campus of USC. This photo was published in the Dec. 1, 1955 Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 1955: Know Your City No.15: Lionesses on archway of entrance to the Selig Zoo Los Angeles, Calif. The zoo closed in the 1920s but the entrance sat for years. This photo was published in the Dec. 2, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1, 1956 Know Your City no. 79: Photo of tunnels on the Pasadena Freeway, also know as the Figueroa St. Tunnels when first built. This photo was published in the Feb. 4, 1956 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1955: Ornate entrance to American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood. Photo used in the Know Your City photography series. Published in the Dec. 8, 1955 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Tower of La Plaza Iglesia Metodista (Plaza Methodist Church) on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. This photo was published in the Dec. 13, 1955 Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Two images of the Immanual Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. The left photo was published in the Dec. 21, 1955 Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series. The right image, by staff photographer Mary Frampton, appeared in the Oct. 11, 1986 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 1956: Know Your City no. 101: Photo of Silver Lake Reservoir looking north. This image was published in the Feb. 26, 1956 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

April 3, 1956: The eastern ed of Hyperion Ave. Bridge over Riverside Drive in Atwater district. This photo was published on April 6, 1956 as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

Know Your City no. 133: Control tower for old Los Angeles International Airport off Imperial Highway. This photo was published in the March 30, 1956 Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

July 1956: Know Your City - 241: Cast-off props on back lot of Republic Pictures film studio along the Los Angeles River flood channel. Photo was taken from Colfax Ave. bridge in Studio City. This photo was published in the July 16, 1956 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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In the Nov. 18, 1955, edition, the Los Angeles Times began a photography series called “Know Your City.” This caption accompanied the first photo:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 1 — This is easy. Great ones have passed here. So have a lot of briefcases. And resolutions. To and fro people go and seldom see what camera does. No contest, no prizes. Just fun, what is it? Answer, page 30 part II.

KNOW YOUR CITY – ANSWER

Sure, it’s the Spring Street entrance to City Hall, the picture being taken from north to south to show the row of pillars from a seldom-seen angle. And how many of the thousands of people who pass here daily have bothered to notice the fancy, colorful tile work over this pillared portal?

Tomorrow, Know Your City No. 2. This is not a contest. Just for fun.

An accompanying story announced the new series:

How well do you know your city?

Beginning today, The Times will run a series of photographs of familiar buildings, parks, statues, bridges and other objects.

As you might have guessed, the series will be titled “Know Your City.”

This is not a contest. There are no prizes.

It is just for fun.

There will be no tricks, no retouching of the photographs. The pictures will simply all be made from unusual angles.

It is hoped that the series will not be too easy. However, there will be no attempt to make identification of the photographed objects outlandishly difficult.

Captions beneath the photos will provide clues, and an “Answer” will be provided each day — on a different page.

That’s all there is to it.

So, let’s have some fun…

The series ended with its 250th photo in the  July 25, 1956, Los Angeles Times — with another image of Los Angeles City Hall.

I will be posting additional images from the “Know Your City” series. The images will be added to this photo gallery.

[updated Aug. 4, 2015 with addition of ongoing photo gallery.]

1 Comment

  1. September 23, 2015, 1:05 am

    Love the photo at the top of this post. Architectural photography always looks good.

    By: myonlinefeedback

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