Category Archives: 1914

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: A Little Barn Started It All

Cecil B. DeMille on the steps of the barn, which Paramount was using it as a gym, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Most visitors to the Hollywood Bowl probably don’t realize the historic significance of the little gray barn sitting … Continue reading

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LAPD Officer Accused of Hitting Handcuffed Prisoner, March 5, 1914

March 5, 1914: Spring training! I jumped back to 1914 to see if I could find out anything about the Police Commissions order against non-Asian women in Oriental cafes. No luck, alas, but I did find a couple of goodies. … Continue reading

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LAPD Cracks Down on Non-Asian Women Working in ‘Oriental Cafes,’ March 10, 1914

March 10, 1914: Here’s another item I found at the city archives. Non-Asian women working at “Oriental cafes” except entertainers “does not comport with public welfare and morals.”

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The LAPD Adopts the Colt Police Positive and Smith & Wesson Police Special, 1914

Here’s an item from my visit to the city archives: The Police Commission approves the rule that all new LAPD officers must be provided with a Colt Police Positive or Smith & Wesson Police Special .38-caliber revolver.

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Vaudeville Caricatures

“Vaudeville,” by Caroline Caffin and Marius De Zayas has been listed on EBay. My knowledge of vaudeville is quite slim and for all I know this may be a standard work on the subject, although I have never encountered it … Continue reading

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Angels Flight — Another View

This postcard complements the Rediscovering Los Angeles post on Angels Flight. It’s postmarked 1904 and photo was taken from Spring Street looking toward the 3rd Street tunnel.  Bidding starts at $5.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Adventures of Kathlyn,’ Hollywood’s First Cross-Promotional Stunt

“The Adventures of Kathlyn,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Between 1910 and 1920, filmmaking exploded in Los Angeles and Hollywood, with production companies flocking to the sunlit mecca of Southern California. Populations surged as men and women traveled here pursuing fame … Continue reading

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The Mystery of J.W. Robinson [Updated]

A postcard showing the J.W. Robinson Co. Building has been listed on EBay. And it’s more of a mystery than I expected….

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Voices: Police Capt. Ed Jokisch, 1914 – 2011

Photo: LAPD homicide detectives in a gag photo, Christmas 1946. Ed is on the left in the back row. Credit: Ed Jokisch   I received word Saturday that my friend, retired Police Capt. Ed Jokisch, has died at the age … 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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Charlie Chaplin’s Big Moment in Venice

I was intrigued by Sunday’s Then and Now piece by Anthony Mostrom on Charlie Chaplin’s “Kid Auto Races at Venice” and I thought I’d do a little digging. Here’s what I found. The film includes footage of two races. One … Continue reading

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Born in the U.S.A.

Jan. 26, 1907Los Angeles Chin Man Can (or Kan) is in jail on charges of being an illegal immigrant. The young man says he is nothing of the sort, but unable to prove that he was born in San Francisco … Continue reading

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Introducing Miss White

Jan. 24, 1907Los Angeles Meet a tough little lady who gave her life to helping the poor, needy children of Los Angeles. She built a church and school starting with a nickel donated by a newsboy, left it all and … Continue reading

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Ambush in Arcadia

Dec. 4, 1907ArcadiaCharley Chew, the water superintendent on the Lucky Baldwin ranch, had fired two Mexican workers several months ago and one dark night near the Unruh residence, they ambushed him, shooting him in the back. Chew drew his pistol … Continue reading

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Who Are Those Guys?

Nov. 27, 1907Los Angeles A shadowy, global conspiracy of anarchists is being described in the trial of revolutionaries Ricardo Flores Magon, Antonio Villareal and Librado Rivera in federal court. The fourth defendant, L. Gutierrez De Lara, was charged separately with … Continue reading

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Dislocation, Dislocation, Dislocation

Nov. 10, 1907South Pasadena What sort of monument do we leave for real estate developers? For John B. Althouse, who built hundreds of homes in the Wilshire district, as well as the West Adams district and the San Gabriel Valley, … Continue reading

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One Name in Many Accents: America

Aug. 4, 1907Galveston, TexasThe Times reports on the Jewish Territorial Organization headed by author and playwright Israel Zangwill and banker Jacob Schiff to help Jews fleeing persecution in Russia. In July, the first group of 50 immigrants arrived in Galveston … Continue reading

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1907: In Which We Begin

As I began to write my grand opening about Los Angeles in 1907, I felt a ghostly hand pluck ever so gently at my sleeve. “Promise me, dear boy, you’ll remember to say that women couldn’t vote in 1907.” “Yes, … Continue reading

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