Category Archives: 1945

LAPD Scrapbook: Radio Patrolmen Nab Burglar Suspect, Westwood Hills Press, Dec. 14, 1945

Dec. 14, 1945 This item in the LAPD scrapbooks at the city archive is from the Westwood Hills Press and profiles Officer Walter A. Callahan, who was awarded the Silver Star and Marine Corps Distinguished Service Medal in World War … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Jan. 3, 1944

Jan. 3, 1944: Google has thoughtfully scanned Life magazine for 1944. Here’s the first issue of the year.

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Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 2

Aug. 26, 1946: Harvey Glatman is arraigned on robbery charges in Albany, N.Y. When he was still a teenager, Harvey Glatman was already displaying the behavior that led to the deaths of three Southern California women in the 1950s and … Continue reading

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The L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide

A set of five Tom and Jerry mugs listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $20. We don’t keep a bottle of Scotch in our desk in the city room of the L.A. Daily Mirror. In fact, we are … Continue reading

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Before You Watch ‘Mob City’ — Bugsy Siegel, Mickey Cohen and Chief Parker

Before you watch TNT’s “Mob City” tonight, read these items from The Times about what Police Capt. William H. Parker was actually doing in the 1940s. Parker served in the Army during World War II and was discharged in November … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Thanks, Mary! This is Gloria Dickson, who burned to death in a fire in 1945.

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: The Saddest Credit in the World

I had to look up scenes from a 1945 B-film called Radio Stars on Parade at work, and I noticed poor Jack Grey not just billed as Rear End of Horse, but Rear End of Horse (scenes deleted), which is the most pathetic thing I have ever read. Continue reading

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‘Lipstick Killer’ William Heirens Dies at 83

The Chicago Tribune is reporting the death of William Heirens, 83, who allegedly wrote “For heaven’s sake catch me before I kill more. I cannot control myself” in lipstick on a mirror at a 1945 crime scene. Heirens was convicted … Continue reading

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‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 6

In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge. In our last installment, I didn’t do all that well on … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – The Florentine Gardens

This image, dated May 17, 1945, from the Florentine Gardens has been listed on EBay. The war in Europe had just ended on May 8 and perhaps these folks are doing a little celebrating – and wondering what peacetime would … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Groucho Marx

A program from Groucho Marx’s one-night performance of “The Same Boat, Brother” at Philharmonic Auditorium on Nov. 14, 1945, has been listed on EBay.  According to reviews in the Los Angeles Times, the show was fairly unsuccessful. Bidding for the … Continue reading

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