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Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Hollywood Fourth

If Hollywood is the center of some sort of American values, then what you find on Hollywood Boulevard on the Fourth of July ought to be instructive. Perhaps it is. You decide.

Current posters Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Revolver offer commentary on the state of things these days.

Smashing Pumpkins poster, Hollywood
Velvet Revolver poster, Hollywood

The supply sergeant looks down on Hollywood Boulevard, from the Supply Sergeant store surplus military goods, pepper spray and military models always available. America.

The supply sergeant looks down on Hollywood Boulevard, from the Supply Sergeant store

Columbus himself looks down on the heart of Hollywood from the Hollywood First National Bank (6777 Hollywood Boulevard, at Highland). The building went up in 1927 - Meyer and Holler, the architects, also designed the famous Chinese Theater one block west.  Columbus himself must be puzzled about how the new world thing worked out.

Columbus looks down on the heart of Hollywood from the Hollywood First National Bank  (6777 Hollywood Boulevard, at Highland)

The manikins on the boulevard suggest ways to celebrate The Fourth.

Fourth of July manikins, Hollywood Boulevard
Fourth of July manikin, Hollywood Boulevard
Fourth of July manikin, Hollywood Boulevard
Fourth of July manikin, Melrose Avenue

This one is down on Melrose Avenue, actually

Also for sale, a patriotic beach towel, if you're heading for the beach. Betsy Ross would not be amused.  Well, maybe she actually would giggle.

Flag beach towel for sale, Hollywood Boulevard

Posters for the Hollywood and Highland complex suggest that the idea in this culture is to "Live Large" and the elephant seems appropriate, in a political sort of way.

Poster for the Hollywood and Highland complex  - Live Large
Poster for the Hollywood and Highland complex  - Live Large

Just don't think too much about the current administration a section of a mural down on Melrose.

Mural detail - Melrose Avenue

What could be more patriotic than a live broadcast from right in front of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on the Fourth of July, even if it's a high-definition interview show in Japanese, being beamed back to Tokyo?  (Not shown the satellite and broadcast trucks in the street, from a firm in Youngstown, Ohio.)

Japanese live broadcast in front of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on the Fourth of July
Japanese live broadcast in front of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on the Fourth of July

Hollywood, Fourth of July.

Hollywood, Fourth of July.

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me. And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the 'fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site.

Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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