Our   History

I can’t remember not working with antiques. My mother ran antique stores in Kansas and Texas. Family weekends we spent “junkin’.” I grew up recreating historical scenes, and threw events such as WW2 themed dances with costumes and props I assembled. After graduating from Art Center College of Design, where I met my wife & partner, Pam, I worked as a television graphic and courtroom sketch artist.
Elyea’s portrayal of a US Army Officer, 1840s

Our   Past

Always passionate about filmmaking, I made my way into the art department. Working out of our small apartment in Hollywood I became the military wardrobe and equipment buyer for Platoon, whose props became the beginning of our rental collection.
Mickey Elyea’s antique store, Arlington, Texas 1960s

Our   Present

In 1986 my brother Bob and I opened our 4,000 sq. ft. rental house. Today, History For Hire fills a 33,000 sq. ft. warehouse in North Hollywood with contemporary and historically accurate props and graphics. We are a family owned business that is very grateful for our talented and knowledgeable staff.
Brothers, Bob & Jim Elyea at our first location, 1980s

Our   Future

Over the past 35 years History For Hire has been a part of historical growth and changes in the entertainment industry. We were there at the beginning of music videos in the 1980s, the growth of cable television in the 1990s, streaming media in the 2000s and social media in 2010s. We look forward to working with you on your historical journey.

Jim Elyea with our Technicolor rental equipment, 2020s