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10 Old-School L.A. Restaurant Exteriors

What better way to experience bygone visions of Los Angeles than through its restaurants? As these photos of old-school eateries reveal, L.A. has long been a great place to get good ol' American classics like burgers and sandwiches, but its roots are deep in cuisine imported from the rest of the world as well. Here's a look at ten L.A. restaurant exteriors as photographed between 1924 and 1949.

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Airplane Café, circa 1924. The nearest window reads "Girl Wanted."
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The Candy Maker, Long Beach, circa 1930s. The window of the 253 East Seaside Boulevard shop advertises hoarhound stick candy. 
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Carl's Drive-In, circa 1930s. A snappily dressed carhop delivers a meal on a tray. 
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Unnamed restaurant in Little Tokyo, circa 1937. Long before it was officially christened, the neighborhood was serving up delicious Japanese cuisine.
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Kewpie Café, circa 1937. The window advertises, among other dishes, fried rice and egg fu yung.
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The Palomar Ballroom, circa 1938. Dining, dancing and cocktails were on the menu at the 245 South Vermont hotspot until it burned down in 1939. 
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Simon's Drive-In Restaurant, 1939, at 5171 Wilshire. 
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Ernie's 5 Cent Café, 1939. A nickel at this 805 E. 5th Street eatery would get you a sandwich, spaghetti, a burger, or three cookies, among other options.
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El Adobe Café in Sonora Town, today the Chinatown District, 1940. 
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Yee Hung Guey Chinese restaurant, circa 1949, with large crowds headed for the New Chinatown plaza.