By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 1, 2022) – In Issue 2022-021 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the history and naming of. . .


The Hollywood community was registered 135 years ago today at the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office by Harvey Wilcox.

His wife, Daeida, named it Hollywood “simply because it sounds nice and because I’m superstitious and holly brings good luck.”  And it did bring good luck to the movie studios and movie stars. 

So, who founded all those movie studios – MGM, Warner Bro.’s, Paramount, etc.?

Well, immigrants of course.  They came largely from central and eastern Europe.  They worked hard; they were creative.  Most were Jewish. 

They defined America through the silver screen.

And in typical Hollywood fashion, the founders were somewhat ignored, until recently.

Here is Putnam’s map of Southern California from 1963.

1963 pictorial map of Southern California (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.

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