Monthly Archives: December 2011

Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s a mystery couple – are they celebrating New Year’s? – from the collection of Steven Bibb. [Updated: This is Johnny Sands. Please congratulate Don Danard for identifying him and Dewey Webb for identifying the film! Steven Bibb thought the … Continue reading

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Hubble: No Evidence of ‘Big Bang’ Theory

Dec. 31, 1941: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hollywood Palladium with Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich AND Frank Sinatra … plus Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers. John P. Varnum has a cute little racket. He pretends to be a … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

OK, it’s an MGM production. But what film uses this green background at the opening?

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L.A. Women Are Slackers in Fighting the Axis!

Dec. 30, 1941: It seems that local women didn’t get the memo about the being the “Greatest Generation.” They’re a bunch of slackers in the war against the Axis and don’t want to work as air-raid wardens. “Los Angeles women … Continue reading

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Found on EBay — Silverwoods

This Stetson Royal De Luxe from Silverwood’s has been listed on EBay. Silverwood’s was one of the leading menswear stores in Los Angeles, so I’m not sure why the vendor has described this as a woman’s hat. Bidding starts at … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s today’s mystery photo from the collection of Stephen Bibb. [Update: This is Hal Le Roy. Plese congratulate Suzanne Annette Stone, Mary Mallory, Dewey Webb, Eve Golden, Don Danard, Mike Hawks, Bob Hansen and Rick Scott for identifying him. ]

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4 Die as Streetcar Crushes Auto

Photo: 115th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard via Google’s Street View. Dec. 29, 1941: A streetcar heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard hits an automobile at 115th Street after the driver, apparently blinded by rain, entered the intersection. “The streetcar struck the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Witzel Photo

This photo of two dancers from Witzel studios has been listed on EBay. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the women’s identities. Bidding on this photo starts at $4.99.

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How to Wear a Hat – ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

As Tom Joad, just paroled from prison, Henry Fonda wears a newsboy cap all through “The Grapes of Wrath,” with costume design by Gwen Wakeling. Let’s take a look. ALSOHow to Wear a Hat — Newsboy Cap Edition How to … Continue reading

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Tires Put Under War Rationing; Youths Beat Japanese Student

Dec. 27, 1941: Tom Treanor says that some Japanese Americans are upset that Chinese Americans are wearing badges to indicate they aren’t Japanese. Mrs. E.J. Horton writes about a “Japanese schoolboy who got mobbed” and Mrs. Dill Nance “says she … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Photo: 1206 N. Kingsley Drive via Google’s Street View. I was watching a certain film the other day and what should flash by but a California driver’s license. Google would reveal the answer, so the character’s name has been snipped. … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: 1996 Cadillac hearse listed on EBay, with bids starting at $4,900. Queen of the Dead – dateline December 26, 2011 •  Kitchener is dead! No, not the World War I field marshal with the fabulously lush moustache, who died … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas From 1911

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Japanese Sub Torpedoes 2 Ships off California Coast

Dec. 25, 1941: Crew members of the Absaroka, which was hauling lumber, recount being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine at an undisclosed location off the California coast. One man was crushed by piles of lumber after rescuing a shipmate who … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

[Update: This is Chick Chandler in “Steel Town.” Please congratulate Don Danard, RJ, Dewey Webb, Mike Hawks and Rick for identifying him.] Here’s a mystery guest who knows how to wear a hat. And the jacket’s not bad, either. From … Continue reading

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Japanese Sub Sinks Tanker Near Morro Bay

Dec. 24, 1941: Japanese submarines attack two U.S. tankers, with explosions that are heard  as far inland as in San Luis Obispo, sinking a 7,272-ton Union Oil ship. Capt. Olaf Eckstrom of Inglewood says a torpedo struck the ship directly … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Bullock’s Wilshire

This black taffeta dress by David Brown for Bullock’s Wilshire has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $14.99.

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Dick Powell admires his books, back in the days when all authors smoked pipes. I caught the 1952 film “The Bad and the Beautiful” the other night and was struck by this window display showing copies of “The Proud Land.”

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Carl and Jerry Get a Kindle Fire

Gort: Tannenbaum baringa! Futurism in 1958. I bought a Kindle Fire a few days ago and since it arrived I’ve been thinking about John T. Frye W9EGV. Unless you are an electronics geek of a certain age, it’s likely you … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s another photo from the amazing collection of Steven Bibb!

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