On the western end of Magnolia in Burbank is an area of homes and shops know as Magnolia Park.
In the 1920’s, a project to build homes and a shopping district was begun.
Hopes were high and plans were laid out to make this a fantastic area to live and to shop. To draw attention to the area of Magnolia, the promoter Earl L. White pulled out all the stops and hired several Silent movie actresses to show off the new development and bring in buyers and businesses.
Within a short few years there were 3500 homes and a new business district on Magnolia Blvd itself.
As they say the rest is history as today Magnolia park is a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, antique stores and other fine eclectic businesses.
Here are some photos from the 1928 promotional pictures featuring actresses, Betty Baker, Betty Gerry, Dorothy Gulliver, Ann Carter and Billie Barnes.
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