FUN WITH MAPS DAILY FEATURE: ISSUE 2024-003

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 10, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the anniversary of an icon in motion pictures.  

THE TORCH LADY

Happy 100th birthday to Columbia Pictures!

Early on Columbia was the home of screwball comedies, such as the Three Stooges. 

Under the direction of Frank Capra, studio stars paved the way to success for the company.  In the 1930s, the lead stars were Jean Arthur and Cary Grant, in the 40s Rita Wayworth, and in the 50s Rosalind Russell, Glenn Ford, and William Holden.

Columbia hit movies and TV series that you might recognize include: Ghostbusters, Men in Black, The Karate Kid, I Dream of Jeannie, Days of Our Lives, and Seinfeld.

Today it is part of Sony Entertainment Corporation and located on the old MGM lot in Culver City, three miles southwest of Hollywood as the crow flies, or about 30-45 minutes by car in Los Angeles traffic.

This E-Z Map of Los Angeles from 1925 has a handy rotating dial to locate streets.

E-Z Map of Los Angeles circa 1925 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.