Monthly Archives: July 2011

#history, #museums, 7|31|2011

Photo: The former MGM film exchange at Hyde and Eddy streets in San Francisco. Credit: Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen The Bay Citizen used the upper photo with the story while NYTimes.com used the lower photo. I might have gone with … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Ambassador Hotel

This c. 1960 postcard of the Ambassador Hotel, which was torn down by L.A. Unified, has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $2.95.

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#art, #history, #libraries, #museums 7|30|2011

Jean Fouquet, Le Passage du Rubicon (détail), département des Arts graphiques, musée du Louvre MUSEUMS Souren Melikian of the New York Times reviews “Enluminures: Moyen Âge et Renaissance,” at the Louvre through Oct. 10. The basic idea was to reveal … Continue reading

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A Shot in the Dark

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2007 for the Daily Mirror when it was on latimes.com. I’m gradually transferring material over to the L.A. Daily Mirror.   April 28, 1957 Los Angeles Let’s park here and sit in … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – A. Victor Segno

Photo: A. Victor Segno sends out a “success wave” (artist’s concept). A. Victor Segno  is probably our favorite Los Angeles charlatan. He made money by getting people to mail him a dollar a month in return for sending out a … Continue reading

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Russia to Invade Austria: July 29, 1914

July 29, 1914: VIENNA– War was officially declared today by Austria-Hungary and offensive operations against Servia were begun. Austrian troops crossed the frontier, marching to Mitrovitza, the Servians being driven back.

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Russia to Invade Austria – July 29, 1914

July 29 1914: VIENNA– War was officially declared today by Austria-Hungary and offensive operations against Servia were begun. Austrian troops crossed the frontier, marching to Mitrovitza, the Servians being driven back.

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Leesa Jo Shaner Killing: Wisconsin Inmate Convicted [Updated]

William Floyd Zamastilwas convicted in federal court in Tucson on Thursday of kidnapping and killing Leesa Jo Shaner on May 29, 1973. Her remains were found Sept. 16, 1973, buried on the grounds of Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., a remote military … Continue reading

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#books, #museums, #history 7|29|2011 [Updated]

NEWS [Updated at 7:25 a.m. The archives of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks reveal an account of an attempted rape by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper. Associated Press via Washington Post.] Historian Barry Landau and assistant … Continue reading

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Marion Eisenmann: Artist’s Notebook – Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade by Marion Eisenmann, Sept. 4, 2009   Note: This is one of the sketches that Marion Eisenmann did for the Daily Mirror when it was at latimes.com. I’m reposting it just as it was in 2009. Santa … Continue reading

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#history, #libraries, #museums 7|28|2011

Image: Battle of Manila Bay. Credit: Wikipedia NEWS Justin Jouvenal in the Washington Post’s Buzz, writes that the Patsy Cline Historic House is opening in Winchester, Va., on Aug. 2. The Independence Seaport Museum has made an emergency patch on … Continue reading

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Second Takes – ‘Naked City’

March 10, 1948: “Naked City” opens in Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles Times Several years ago, when Kim Cooper of the 1947project and I were briefly discussing a book, I did some research on film noir, particularly “Naked City,” the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Hotel Huntington

Main and 8th via Google maps’ street view. A postcard of the Hotel Huntington at Main and 8th streets has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $3.

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#art, #authors, #genealogy, #history, #museums 7|27|2011

Photo: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster. Credit: RM Auctions via the New York Times. SPOTLIGHT The University of Virginia has posted audio clips of William Faulkner recorded in 1957-58. The home page is here. If you have never heard … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 2

This is Part 2 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses his start in films in Los Angeles, making “Union Pacific” with Cecil B. De Mille, Howard Hughes’ takeover of RKO  and making “Boom … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – C.C. Pierce

A hand-colored postcard published by M. Rieder of Los Angeles, based on a photograph by the studio of C.C. Pierce, has been listed on EBay. Pierce was an early photographer in Los Angeles who mostly specialized in buildings and atmospheric … Continue reading

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#film, #history, #museums, 7|26|2011

Photo: “Dear Friend Hitler.” Tripti Lahiri writes in the Wall Street Journal about “Dear Friend Hitler.” Based on the previews, the movie is “Gandhi” meets “Downfall“  meets “The Sound of Music,” in Hindi with an all-Indian cast. A less charitable … Continue reading

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‘Zoot Suit’ and History — Part 5

Cartoon: A troubling moment in “Mary Worth’s Family,” June 1, 1943. Credit: Los Angeles Times June 1, 1943: It is impossible to accurately determine, so long after the fact, why a May 31, 1943, brawl between zoot-suiters and sailors wasn’t … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Mullen & Bluett

This postcard showing the new building of Mullen & Bluett (d. 1969) which became Grodins (d. 1972) has been listed on EBay. And here’s the building as shown on Google map’s street view. Bidding on the postcard starts at 99 … Continue reading

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Robbers Kill LAPD Officer in Shootout, July 24, 1934

Stanford Avenue and 33rd Street via Google maps’ street view. Stanford Avenue and 33rd Street is one of those little pockets of old houses in Los Angeles that looks like it hasn’t changed much since 1934, when two men in … Continue reading

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