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No Arole-Cay Ombard-Lay Otos-Phay Here!

Sigh. No. 1 in eath-day een-say otos-phay. Note: I apologize for using pig Latin, but it’s a way to be invisible to oogle-Gay. I don’t want any more traffic on this subject than I already have. ECM-Tay’s daylong feature of … Continue reading

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No mystery photo today

Look for it next week!

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Black Dahlia: Hodel ‘Murder HQ’ Test Results? Day 5

It’s Friday and still no announcement. And here I was, thinking that the Black Dahlia case was “nearly solved.”  You don’t suppose it was all just a publicity stunt, do you? If you will remember (and of course you do) … Continue reading

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Aboard the Shuttle Challenger, a Landmark in Women’s History

Oct. 11, 1984: Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, aboard the shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to take a space walk. Sullivan was involved in an experiment to show that it was possible to refuel satellites in space, even if the … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Robert Harron & Clarine Seymour

Robert Harron & Clarine Seymour   This week I am going to start you off with a clip, rather than ending with one.: The unhappily married young couple in this D.W. Griffith film, The Girl Who Stayed at Home, would … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on the Daily Mirror — James Curtis Interviews Jules White

We have a terrific item tomorrow: The first part of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Jules White, who discusses working with The Three Stooges, Andy Clyde, Buster Keaton and many others.

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On Assignment

Yes, I’m at work on another history column for The Times. This one is scheduled to run this week, but the lineup can always change. Cheers, Larry

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One Woman’s Vision of Saving Black History

My latest column  is about the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City. Cheers to Executive Director Larry Earl Jr., Archivist Cara Adams and volunteer Sandra Lindsey for their help.

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April 29, 1992

crowd is trying to break windows on 3rd floor… we can hear rocks hit… (HARNISCH, 4/29/92 21:00)

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On Assignment

I’m on assignment. It’s fun, but there are only so many hours in the day. –Larry

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The Bradbury Building and the Mystery of ‘China Girl’ [Updated +]

This is an establishing shot from the 1942 feature “China Girl,” which was obviously filmed in the Bradbury Building. Or was it? [Update: If this is a set, as it appears to be, where did Twentieth Century-Fox build it? People … Continue reading

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Back online

The Daily Mirror HQ lost power for two days after the Santa Ana winds hit Southern California. It will be a while before I get caught up.

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We. Won’t. Be. Doing. This. Evah

Folks: If you don’t have any ideas for a blog, maybe you shouldn’t be doing one.

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Culinary Historians Used Cookbook Sale — See You There!

Photo: The Santa Barbara Junior League Cookbook, 1939. Credit: L.A. Daily Mirror archives. The Culinary Historians of Southern California will hold its annual used cookbook sale on Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Farmers Market, … Continue reading

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Tip Jar

I have often said that the Daily Mirror is a labor of love for everyone who contributes their work. And it is. There are a few minor expenses of operating the website, books for the Daily Mirror HQ, etc. I … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Felt Lake

Oct. 3, 1907Stanford UniversityChester Silent was among the most promising young men of Delta Tau Delta at Stanford. The son of Judge Charles Silent and prominent in Los Angeles social circles, Silent, 22, had excelled in his studies and upon … Continue reading

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Boy Genius

Nov. 8, 1907Los AngelesMars F. Baumgardt is an interesting young man with an even more interesting project: a radio-controlled boat. Although many students’ projects are on display at the 30th Street School, including those of Mars’ brother Howard, it is … Continue reading

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New blog: The Daily Mirror

Check out The Daily Mirror. It’s right here

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In-Cred-I-Ble

A large (20×30) reproduction of Elizabeth Short’s mug shot has appeared on EBay at a starting price of $250, or $400 under “buy it now” in an auction by mermaidfx. The word “rare” is ridiculously common on EBay, surpassed only … Continue reading

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Our Story So Far

Larry Harnisch (described by James Ellroy as a Dahlia scholar/Dahlia freak, take your pick) is blogging in real time as he reads Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” … Continue reading

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