For those familiar with Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, you already know that Marc Wannamaker has written several books in this series. He has literally thousands of pictures going back to the start of the last century to the present, very intensive in the teens, twenties and thirties though he holds some gems from the latter decades.
For those who are not but interested in photographs of the bygone era, "Location Filming in Los Angeles" is an excellent book to start. The book is broken down into chapters in terms of location: 1) Downtown, 2) Hollywood and West Hollywood, 3) Malibu to Long Beach, 4) The Westlake and Culver City, 5) Beverly Hills and Mid-Wilshire, 6) San Fernando Valley and 7) Classic Hollywood Landscapes. The photographs are normally two to a page accompanied with prose that starts with a more specific location and year. The prose or the photograph's description is quite clear of who the people are, if applicable what movie it is from and other applicable data in a concise manner.
Besides Wannamaker, two other esteemed historians have co-authored this fascinating book. Karie Bible gives tours at Hollywood Forever and owner of [...] that specializes in advertising silent,golden era, independent and foreign films and its calendar lists what's playing with special notes to those screenings where the film makers are present for questions and answers. Harry Medved has co-authored books and has served as public relations director for the Screen Actors Guild, Warner Bros. Online and Fandago.
This may be an eye opening experience for some as Los Angeles has been China, India, France and others in many productions. For instance, the Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A. was in "Blade Runner", "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "I, the Jury" to name a few. The Yamashiro Restaurant built in Hollywood in 1914 has been used many time. The stars in the photographs include the young Francis Ford (John Ford's brother), Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Martin & Lewis, Jack Nicholson, many others too many to mention.
Suffice to say, one you get this book, you will have a hard time putting in down until you've read it cover to cover. Happy history hunting.