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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 29, 1944

March 29, 1944 The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter The following is an editorial from the St. Louis Star-Times titled: “Dies Committee’s Un-American Investigation of Winchell” … “The Dies committee to investigate Un-American activities, in the course of its … Continue reading

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In 1944 in Print — Walter Winchell vs. Rep. Martin Dies

March 27, 1944 Rep. Martin Dies (D-Texas), the head of the House un-American Activities Committee, goes on the radio to accuse Walter Winchell of being used by “one of the most sinister forces this nation ever faced.” Dies called this … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — The Lyons Den, March 23, 1944

March 23, 1944 When Walter Winchell didn’t file a column, the St. Petersburg Times ran Leonard Lyons’ “The Lyons Den” instead. All of which will be explained in a few days. At Mrs. Evelyn Walsh McLean’s party in Washington, Rep. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 22, 1944

March 22, 1944 Man About Town Lyle Talbot is getting used to civilian life with Judy Cook … Vaughn Paul, the ex of Deanna Durbin, is trying to make Joy Barlow his next … The Humphrey Bogarts are gunning for … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 21, 1944

March 21, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The Wireless: Cong. Dies, who riles easy, is demagoging at a couple of news broadcasters. Now he intends to ask the stations, he says, if they are willing “to afford maligned persons … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 20, 1944

March 20, 1944 Portraits of Patriots Jerome Hartman: 44-year-old lieutenant commander U.S.N… Hails from Dayton, Ohio … When World War I was over, he became a resident M.D. at the veterans’ hospital in Ohio. For five years, he devoted himself … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 16, 1944

March 16, 1944 Notes of a Newspaperman A newspaperman and radio reporter is as much a part of our political scheme as the statesman, politician and the dime-a-dozen misfits who make the news … As such the reporter should be … Continue reading

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Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson Accused of ‘Smear Campaign,’ March 14, 1944

March 14, 1944 As you may have noticed, Walter Winchell has been taking frequent blasts at Congress. Now the legislators have fired back. In an AP story from Washington, Republican Rep. Clare Hoffman of Michigan charges that union leaders, Communists … Continue reading

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

Feb. 28, 1944: Ella Raines, star of “Phantom Lady,”  gets the cover photo. Life looks at the emerging race for the Republican candidate to challenge Franklin Roosevelt for a fourth term in the 1944 presidential election, with Thomas E. Dewey … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 26, 1944

Feb. 26, 1944 To a Titian-Haired Bride On Monday, Rep Rankin inserted into the Congressional Record his daily diatribe against this columnist… Rep. Adolph Sabath (Ill.) made reply to the honorable gentleman from Mississippi as follows in part: ”A few … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 25, 1944

Feb. 25, 1944 Dear. Mr. President This is more than an accusation against Franco the Fascist. It is a bill of particulars for the Senate and House foreign relations committee. It screams for investigation … Right now an American ambassador … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Committee for the First Amendment Defends Free Speech

Herbert Biberman, one of the Hollywood 10, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In times of social uncertainty and economic malaise, those in fear often turn to discriminating, finger pointing, blame and stonewalling, claiming “the other” is destroying livelihoods, ways of life, … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 24, 1944

Feb. 24, 1944 Portrait of a Man Reading the Newspaper An editorial attacking the presence at Tehran of Pvt. Robert Hopkins, son of Harry Hopkins, said: “If the fathers of all the other Army privates followed Harry’s example, everybody except … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 23, 1944

Feb. 23, 1944 This is curious. The end of Winchell’s column disappears in mid-sentence from the Palm Beach paper, just as he is about to refer to a situation in Palm Beach. And take more potshots at Congress. Man About … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — ‘Walter Winchell on Broadway,’ Feb. 20, 1944

Feb. 20, 1944 We are clearly working up to Walter Winchell’s clash with Congress next month (that is, March 1944). The Private Papers of a Cub Reporter Winchell quotes a piece from Princeton Republican, an Illinois paper. “Last Thursday, the … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Assassination Remembered, April 14, 1915

Eve Golden poses an interesting question: How did America observe the 50th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination?

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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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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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Preaching at the Court House

USC has taken its collection of the Los Angeles Star offline for indexing. Here’s a backup copy from the California Digital Newspaper Collection. July 25, 1863: A staunchly anti-Republican paper, the Star endorses the Democratic ticket, including John G. Downey … Continue reading

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China Bans Traditional Clothing for Western Fashions

Jan. 3, 1913: The Chinese government issues an edict against traditional clothing in favor of Western fashions. Women were called upon “to abandon their trousers for the occidental skirt and men to give up their comfortable loose clothes for the … Continue reading

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