I recently unearthed some pictures of Hawthorne Blvd in the late 1950's. The scans are pretty big, so if your browser is cutting off a portion of the picture, just click on it and the full image will appear.
Looking Northwest at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd & 133rd Street: on the far left is a piece of Dairy Freeze/Frosties - THEE after game hang out for Hawthorne High School students. The Modern Way building still stands, though the business is long gone. Next to it is the United Hardware store before they built the bigger building. They're gone now, of course, and the building now houses a store called Clothing Outlet. The vacant lot next to it is were Dennys Restaurant is now. The Thrifty Drug Store building is now "$5.99 Clothing." And Food Giant is now a 99 Cents Only store.
Now we're seeing the Northeastern side of Hawthorne Blvd. Check out all the furniture stores: Friendly Furniture, Hawthorne Furniture Co... The Lloyd Dennees sign is in the distance. Do you see the Melody Music store sign?
We're still at the intersection of Hawthorne & 133rd Street, but now we're looking at the Southwestern side of the Blvd. ( If only we could point the camera to the left and see Pizza Show.) Eddings Bros. Auto Parts still has a presence in Hawthorne, though that building is long gone.
I'm looking for more picture of Hawthorne Blvd in the 1950's and 60's for a book I'm writing about Beach Boys related landmarks in Southern California. If you have anything that you think I might be interested in (or if you would like to pre-order the book), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org