The Hollywood sign is one of the most iconic industry signs in the world. It is considered a landmark, and has existed for over 100 years. It has also featured in more images than any other sign or place in the world. However, the story behind the famous sign is still a mystery to many people. Here we’ll share some deep secrets about the Hollywood sign that you would have never imagined.
The Land Is Basically For Hollywood, and it read so:
As far back as 1923, the Hollywood sign used to read “Hollywoodland”. It was put up at the time to bring investors and real estate tycoons to the new residential development in the area. When it was put up, flash lights were installed to draw more attention to it and make it attractive. Together with the searchlight, the developers spent a total of $21,000 to set it up. After a number of years, the sign was restructured and the ‘land’ part was removed, in compliance to the requirements of the City of Los Angeles Parks Department. Hence, the Hollywood sign only began to read ‘Hollywood’ in 1949.
A Delight For Tourism
Visiting the Hollywood sign is usually a very big tourism activity, but most people don’t make it to the actual sign, they just get close enough to take pictures. The sign is far enough to make a journey out of, and the climbing makes it more interesting for tourists, but it is also huge and visible enough to be seen from almost every part of the city. There are only a handful of people who have gotten close enough to touch the sign, probably because there is a restriction to how close one can get. However, tourism in Hollywood disturbs residents of the area, as there are limited parking spaces and the place is almost always busy with visitors.
An A-List Charity Project
The Hollywood sign got old after so many years of standing and glowing over the city, so much so that it needed a critical fix in 1978. The money needed for the restoration was way more than what management had at the time, but a couple of celebrities, many of which are Hollywood legends, came together to fix the iconic sign. They were nine in number, and they decided to split the cost, which was $250,000, equally. So, they all donated $27,777.77 each to complete the amount needed and get the sign back up.
A Huge Feat For Pranksters
One of the major pranksters in the world, Daniel N. Finegood, is known for his legendary alterations to the Hollywood sign. He has altered it many times, to read words like, “Oil War”. Other times, it was altered to read words in reference to organizations like the California Institute of Technology, when it read “Caltech”, and personalities like the pope, when it read “Holywood”.