Monthly Archives: November 2011

Found on EBay – Bullock’s Wilshire

This rather remarkable pair of vintage shoes from the Collegienne department at Bullock’s Wilshire has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99. About these ads

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s another mystery photo from the amazing collection of Steven Bibb! [Update: This is Natalie Thompson, who appeared in "The Vanishing Virginian." ]

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How to Wear a Newsboy Cap – Marc Chevalier Edition

Regular reader Marc Chevalier sends along his version of the proper way to wear a newsboy cap. He says it helps to have an authentic period cap: “The caps made in the ’20s and ’30s have a somewhat different shape … Continue reading

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Dying Man Found on Main Street

Nov. 30, 1941:President Roosevelt says the U.S. may be at war in a year – actually, it was a week later. Bartender Eddie Watton was closing up at the Theatre Cafe, 324 S. Main St., and wanted the man at … Continue reading

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How to Wear a Hat – Newsboy Cap Edition

Photo: Jack Huston in “Boardwalk Empire.” Credit: Macall Polay HBO via the Los Angeles Times. I was watching “Emperor of the North” and thought a post on newsboy caps might be a good follow-up on How to Wear a Hat … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

   Photo: Postcard for J.D. Naftzinger, funeral director and embalmer, listed on EBay, as Buy It Now for $150. Queen of the Dead—dateline November 28, 2011 •  I am going to get “More, More, More (How Do You Like It?),” … Continue reading

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Streetcar Companies Ask Council to End Bus Ban in Downtown L.A.

Nov. 27, 1941: The Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railways ask the City Council to repeal a ban against buses operating in downtown Los Angeles. Pacific Electric officials said the ban prevented them from routing the line from Los Angeles … Continue reading

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L.A. Man Takes Fight Over Dog License to U.S. Supreme Court

Photo: The 1200 block of Innes Avenue, home of the George F. Harrington/Kitty HQ, via Google Street View. Nov. 26, 1941: Kitty may not be a typical name for a dog – but then George F. Harrington is an unusual … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photos – Special Edition [Updated]

[Update: I thought it might be helpful if I enlarged the faces of our mystery gents. My hunch is that the fellow on the right is Laurence Olivier. [I have also received three more photos and I now suspect that … Continue reading

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From the Stacks: James Richardson’s ‘Spring Street’

Photo: James Richardson, city editor of the Los Angeles Examiner.  Credit: Cover of “For the Life of Me.” I incurred the wrath of Fibber some time ago with my post about James Richardson and “For the Life of Me.” Fibber … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s a mystery couple!

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An 1890s Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

Here’s a traditional roast turkey recipe from the “Every-Day Cook-Book and Family Compendium,” written about 1890 by Miss E. Neill. Be sure your fire is bright and clear and watch out for the gall-bag.

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On the Frontiers of Science – The Virgin Rabbit

Nov. 23, 1941: Dr. Herbert Shapiro of the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia has discovered that if you place a bag of ice cubs on the side of a rabbit for 90 minutes, the rabbit may become pregnant. “The ice … Continue reading

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From the Stacks – ‘Death Valley the Facts’

Is it wrong to buy a book on the basis of one map? I suppose it is, but I couldn’t resist. I found this copy of W.A. Chalfant’s “Death Valley the Facts” the other evening at the Last Bookstore and … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s today’s mystery chap, courtesy of Steven Bibb!

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Times on Spinelli Execution: ‘Good Riddance’

 Nov. 22, 1941: Here is Times reporter Tom Cameron’s description of the execution of Juanita “the Duchess” Spinelli: Eight cyanide “eggs” under the chair dropped into a bucket of sulfuric acid and distilled water. Nothing happened. The Duchess, her back … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – San Quentin

In keeping with the theme of the 1941 execution of Juanita “the Duchess” Spinelli, here’s a souvenir brick from San Quentin that has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $49.95.

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Duchess Spinelli, Doomed to Gas Chamber: ‘No Christian Will Kill!’

Nov. 21, 1941: Juanita “The Duchess” Spinelli arrives at San Quentin to be executed in the gas chamber – the first woman legally executed in California’s history. “No one who is a Christian will kill!” the 52-year-old mother of three … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: A model of a 1959 Cadillac hearse, listed on EBay for $599.99. Queen of the Dead—dateline November 21, 2011 •  “The Baroness Huntingtower died on the 8 th inst.,” said Lady Prudence Fairfax. “Not Katherine Grant of Rothiemurchus, the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Florentine Gardens

This photo of the “Greatest Generation” at play at the Florentine Gardens, c. 1944, has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $15.99.

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