Category Archives: Found on EBay

Dazzling Neckwear from Oviatt’s

This rather dazzling tie from Oviatt’s has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $35. About these ads

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Found on EBay — Batchelder Tile

A spectacular Batchelder tile of a lute player, measuring 14 3/4  by 8 3/4 has been listed on EBay. And here’s the back. It appears that the tile may have never been mounted. The tile is listed as Buy It … Continue reading

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Irene Lentz From the Archives

This was supposed to be a quick item linking to The Times piece by Vincent Boucher on Irene Lentz and brief blog posts I did about her years ago. But as I dug into The Times clips about her 1962 … Continue reading

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Vintage Valentines

My grandparents used to have a few of these insult valentines stashed in a drawer. But not this one, which seems as timely as ever. This example is listed on EBay with bids starting at $3. And Happy Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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To Serve and to Collect — LAPD on EBay

An Ebay vendor is selling random issues of the LAPD’s Police Beat magazine from 1962 to 1967, including this issue featuring Chief William H. Parker, presumably honoring Parker after his death in 1966. Bidding starts at $16.95.

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Abbotwares Radio – Kitschiana!

An Abbotwares radio, known as “Atwater Kent’s love child from a drunken night in a trophy shop,” has been listed on EBay. Usually these radios, which were made in Los Angeles, take the form of horses (or the elusive Hula … Continue reading

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Mason Opera House

This program from the Mason Opera House for a 1920 performance of “The Mikado” has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $5.50. The Mason was one of the leading theaters on Broadway. It was demolished in the 1950s … Continue reading

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Lyndon Johnson’s 1955 Shopping Spree at Oviatt’s

I’m always looking for Oviatt items and here’s a jacket that has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $149.99. And not just any jacket. This one was tailored for future President Lyndon Johnson. For the record: As Wayne … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — A. L. “Whitey” Schafer Simplifies Portraits

“Thou Shalt Not,” “Whitey” Schafer’s most famous image. In the very early days of the motion picture industry, stills photographers meant nothing to the moving picture companies. They asked their feature cameramen to work double duty, shooting scene stills after … Continue reading

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A Letter From John Steinbeck

I’m always intrigued by the Zamorano Club’s publications. The Zamorano Club was established in 1928 by Los Angeles bibliophiles, named for Augustin Zamorano, California’s first printer, and treated its members to small press runs (often from the Ward Ritchie Press) … Continue reading

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State Normal School at Los Angeles

What grandma used to call a “penny postal” showing the State Normal School in Los Angeles has been listed on EBay. And who would like to tell us what’s there now? This postcard is listed as Buy It Now for … Continue reading

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Downtown Los Angeles: Broadway

This postcard, marked 1909, showing Broadway, looking north just below 4th Street, has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $8.95. And for comparison, here’s what it looks like on Google Street View. Let’s take a closer look.

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Through Witzel’s Lens: Jackie Saunders

A Witzel studio photo of what appears to be silent film actress Jackie Saunders has been listed on EBay. Witzel was one of the leading portrait studios in Los Angeles and took many publicity photos in the early days of … Continue reading

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Times Building Bombed by Labor Radicals – 1910

A photograph showing the bombed-out ruins of the Los Angeles Times Building has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $5. By the way, I am tardy in writing about Lew Irwin’s book on The Times bombing. Lew is a … 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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Captured Through Witzel’s Lens

A couple of Witzel photos have turned up on EBay. As you may recall from Mary Mallory’s recent post, Witzel was one of the leading portrait studios in early 20th century Los Angeles and took many movie publicity photos. At … Continue reading

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Batchelder Tiles

These quite unusual Batchelder tiles have been listed on EBay. In the years I’ve been watching for Batchelder tiles, I can’t say I have ever seen anything like these. Bidding on the upper tile, featuring a man apparently playing the … Continue reading

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Dining at the Van Nuys Hotel

Last month, I posted an image of the Cafe Bristol in the basement of the Hellman Building. Here’s another postcard, stamped 1911, of a downtown restaurant: the cafe at the Van Nuys Hotel at 4th and Main streets. The card … Continue reading

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LAPD Photo on EBay From 1884 – To Collect and to Serve

An EBay vendor has listed this collection of cabinet cards dated 1884 showing LAPD officers. The vendor is also offering other clippings and ephemera linked to William  Ernst Stoermer. Stoermer, who died in 1932, was also a firefighter and a … Continue reading

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