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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Sept. 4, 1944

The U.S. Secretary of State, who is offstage director for the Dumbarton Oaks conference on postwar security is shown in this excellent portrait by Karsh. Secretary Hull welcomed the delegates to Washington. Last week, Mr. Hull talked with John Foster … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 28, 1944

At a fashion show of fall college styles held about a fortnight ago at B. Altman & Co., New York, most startling among the novelties shown were the “pedal pushers,” in which Anne Scott appears on Life’s cover. These are … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 21, 1944

The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 7, 1944

Geraldine Fitzgerald was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a product of that city’s famous Gate Theatre. Her initial appearance on Broadway in Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”  brought offers from all major Hollywood studios. Now under contract to Warner Bros., she … Continue reading

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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part II

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. In case you just tuned in, we’re examining an early photo of LAPD officers, often misidentified as dating from … Continue reading

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LAPD: Dating an Early Photograph, Part I

An undated photo of LAPD officers from SkyscraperCity.com, which reposts images from all over the Internet (including mine), often without acknowledgement. I recently learned that this photo, published in Capt. Art Sjoquist’s “History of the Los Angeles Police Department” as … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 26, 1944

June 26, 1944 Oh my, what is the Greatest Generation up to? On the jump, a feature on war photographers. And a look at movie stars and their stand-ins, including Mary Lou Isleib (Shirley Temple) and Jack Robbins (Bob Hope). … Continue reading

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Google Is In Your Neighborhood

The Google car (not self-driving) was at 2nd Street and Broadway the other day.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Preston Duncan Shoots for Artistry

Buddy Rogers, photographed by Preston Duncan. Motion picture still photography grew rapidly from the early teens through the mid-1920s, becoming the main publicity staple of Hollywood film studios. Begun merely as a record for film scenes, shot by camera operators … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: My Photos of Elizabeth Short Get Around

Some folks on the Internet are quite casual about where they get images. I always watermark mine so that even if someone swipes it, the url is still visible — unless someone crops it out. Here’s a case in point.

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, May 29, 1944

May 29, 1944 Life’s cover story features Lt. Gen Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, commander of the American air forces preparing for the invasion of Europe. Gjon Mili photographs Gene Kelly dancing. The movie of the week is “Once Upon a Time,” … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Medical Arts Building

Mary went on a field trip to visit the Toluca Plaza building (formerly the Medical Arts Building) for her latest post, but some of her photos got caught in my spam filter. Here they are. This is “Aunt Nell” “trying … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part V

This is the last in our series of posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps.” We have previously looked at the history of the film, the plot (convoluted), the reviews (mixed) the condition of this print … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘Not Elizabeth Short’ For Sale on EBay

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. An EBay vendor has listed this hand-colored picture with bids starting at $99.99, stating that…. Well, read it in their own words: AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS OF RESEARCH AND COMPARING OTHER ELIZABETH SHORTS … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, May 1, 1944

Navy Lt. Harold Vita shows young Richard Kovacks how to shoot down an enemy plane in this week’s cover story. May 1, 1944 Life magazine looks at the travails of George Yamamoto, who keeps getting running out of town because … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Fixing a Small Error Before It Becomes a Big One

KPCC recently did a story about the LAPD’s archive of crime photos. And whoever wrote the caption took a logical – but incorrect – guess about the people in this photo of the Black Dahlia crime scene. Let’s do a … Continue reading

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City of Chester Sinks After Collision With Oceanic, Aug. 22, 1888

A photo of the City of Chester, courtesy of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Headlines in the Sacramento Daily Record-Union, left, and the Daily Alta California, above.   The rediscovery of the City of Chester, which sank in 1888 … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, April 24, 1944

April 24, 1944 The 18th birthday of England’s Princess Elizabeth is the cover story in this week’s Life magazine. An early member of Bob Dobbs’ Church of the Subgenius! There’s an editorial on “Negro rights” and a feature on California … Continue reading

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