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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, March 24, 1944

Bill Robinson: “The Dark Cloud of Joy!” March 24, 1944 SNAPSHOTS OF HOLLYWOOD COLLECTED AT RANDOM: Staff Sgt. Jack Foisle, the 24-year-old writer who revealed the yarn about Americans shooting down their own planes, was guest at a newspaper dinner. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 10, 1944

March 10, 1944 The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter From Miami Beach: At the graduation exercises of Officers Candidate school one of the brand-new lieutenants was a Negro. Which meant he had to be good because while they are … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Amos ‘N’ Andy,’ Feb. 11, 1944

Feb. 11, 1944 Today we have: — Andy adopts a soldier — or so he thinks on “Amos ‘N’ Andy.” Courtesy of Archive.org.

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Amos ‘N’ Andy,’ Feb. 4, 1944

Feb. 4, 1944 Today we have: — “Missing People’s Bureau” on “Amos ‘N’ Andy.” Courtesy of Archive.org.

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Sinatra Makes Film Debut, Jan. 29, 1944

Jan. 29, 1944: The Times reports Frank Sinatra’s film debut in “Higher and Higher”: A generous quota of young girls attended the first showings and their ecstatic whinnyings recorded each and every appearance of their hero. In one house, at … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Amos ‘N’ Andy,’ Jan. 7, 1944

Jan. 7, 1944: Time for “Amos ‘N’ Andy” with guest Pat O’Brien. I debated with myself about posting this show, but coverage of 1944 wouldn’t be complete without it, given its popularity. Courtesy of Archive.org.

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‘The Clansman’ Comes to Los Angeles – Part 2

A photo from an ad for “The Clansman” in the Los Angeles Herald, 1908. Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a program from the Mason Opera House, announcing the upcoming production of “The Clansman,” the play by Thomas Dixon Jr. … Continue reading

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‘The Clansman’ Comes to Los Angeles – 1908

A 1908 program from the Mason Opera House has been listed on EBay with an ad for an upcoming production of “The Clansman,” a play adapted from  Thomas  Dixon’s novels “The Leopard’s Spots” and “The Clansman” and turned into D.W. … Continue reading

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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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Curious Dreamer

Note: Here’s an entry I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. I thought newer readers might enjoy it. Oct. 5, 1907 Los Angeles Hilliard Stricklin is a man with an urgent desire to do something for his fellow African Americans. … Continue reading

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Navy Doctors Defuse ‘Human Bomb’

Sept. 19, 1943: In a story delayed for wartime, the Associated Press reports that Allen L. Gordon, 23, of Rock Island, Ill., fire control operator third class, was struck Dec. 2 with a 20-millimeter antiaircraft shell that lodged in his … Continue reading

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Joaquin Murrieta’s Head on Display in San Francisco

What exists of the Sept. 3, 1853, issue of the Los Angeles Star, in the collection at the Huntington, is online at USC (although it can only be viewed after it is downloaded due to some malfunction in the interface) … Continue reading

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6,000 Union Army Veterans Gather to Recall the Campfires of Old

The entire Aug. 27, 1903, edition of the Herald is available here. Aug. 27, 1903: The Los Angeles Times (and by extension, the Chandler family) is frequently treated as if it was the only paper in the city’s history. Those … Continue reading

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L.A. French Benevolent Society Celebrates Founding in 1859

The entire Aug. 15, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star, scanned from a copy at the Huntington, is available from USC (in color) or the California Digital Newspaper Collection (black and white). Aug. 15, 1863: Another installment of the … Continue reading

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L.A. Welcomes Harbor Freeway Extension With Four-Block Traffic Jam

Aug. 8, 1953: An extension of the Harbor Freeway carrying traffic into downtown Los Angeles opens — and is jammed immediately. Traffic engineers say the backup was caused by the timing of the signals at 6th Street and Figueroa. Movie … Continue reading

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California Politics: Democratic Candidate for Governor Seeks to Bar Blacks

The entire Aug. 1, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available online via the California Digital Newspaper Collection.   Buckley shoots Francisco Cruz. Aug. 1, 1863: The Star publishes the campaign speech of former Gov. John G. Downey … Continue reading

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Black Doctor in Divorce Case Says Wife Tried to ‘Masquerade’ as White

July 23, 1923: The centennial of the Monroe Doctrine is celebrated at Exposition Park in the American Historical Revue and Motion Picture Exposition.. The U.S. Mint in San Francisco issued commemorative half dollars for the occasion. The Times says: “One … Continue reading

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Was Coleman Harris From ‘Gangster Squad’ a Real Person?

Josh Brolin, left, as Sgt. John O’Mara with Anthony Mackie as Officer Coleman Harris in “Gangster Squad.” Drinking in uniform in a nightclub while on duty? I don’t think so. Now that “Gangster Squad” is out on DVD and available … Continue reading

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Berserk Negro Kills Two Men on Ranch With Ax

April 18, 1943:  Robert Earl Lee, 61, a worker at ranch in the Malibu Hills, surrenders to authorities after killing his employer, Nelson Ross Wolfe, and another ranch hand, Albert Everett Miller, with an ax. Lee, described by The Times … Continue reading

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Steamship Hits Rock off Point Fermin

March 21, 1863: Now that we’re done with the Black Dahlia/George Hodel transcripts we can return to Los Angeles in the pages of the Star, which was brimming with vitriol against the North in the Civil War. Even when one … Continue reading

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