Monthly Archives: December 2007

Jan. 1, 1958

  The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 1, 1958. You can sure tell it’s the era of the TV Westerns: Guy Madison and Andy Devine from "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok," Richard Boone from "Have Gun — Will Travel" and … Continue reading

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  Photograph by Wayne F. Kelly / Los Angeles Times I’m a few years ahead of myself, but I couldn’t find the photo from 1958. So just pretend. Happy New Year from the Daily Mirror! (Hey, it’s Guy Lombardo and … Continue reading

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Julian Eltinge

I had never heard of Julian Eltinge until I came across some material for sale on EBay. I dug out his photo file and over the weekend found his former home in Silver Lake.   Los Angeles Times file photo … Continue reading

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110 revisited

  I realized I got more than I bargained for as soon as I found this map among The Times pictures of the Pasadena Freeway. As this 1912 map shows, the Arroyo Seco Parkway was originally intended to link Elysian … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

  Los Angeles Times file photo Here’s a vintage photo of our mystery guest. Some artist at The Times cut it down years ago, but left part of the autograph intact. And yes, I cropped out the signature. No point … Continue reading

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Dec. 31, 1957


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Company town III

Robert Birchard writes:     Saw your blog on Francis Boggs and early filmmaking in Los Angeles.       Perhaps one of the reasons you’ve never found the laundry except in the earlier fire reference is that it is … Continue reading

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The 110 revisited

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times, July 23, 1939 He looks out from the bridge as if he is gazing toward the future. Not that this is what the photographer intended. Like The Times "Scout Car," a new 1939 … Continue reading

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Dec. 30, 1957


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Van Nuys Boulevard

Dec. 29, 1957Los Angeles Isn’t this building cool, in its weird 1950s Space Age way? This is a wonderful detail from a Times ad for the opening of a Van Nuys Savings and Loan office at 8201 Van Nuys Blvd. … Continue reading

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Vaudeville days

I stumbled across this story while looking for something else. Notice that it mentions the Main Street Gym and the Hippodrome. As published in The Times, Oct. 2, 1983.    

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Heidi Fleiss

Given the interest in Ivan Nagy, here’s the original Times front page story on Heidi Fleiss by Shawn Hubler and James Bates, with a headline by yours truly that worked hard to tell the story without saying anything. (Good Lord, … Continue reading

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Dec. 29, 1957


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  Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Police Department headquarters under construction, Dec. 27, 2007.

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Before YouTube

You may be wondering why you are looking at a poster of the 1973 film “Bad Charleston Charlie.” (And what a poster: the hair… the bloated lettering… the hearts… that suit! If this doesn’t say “lousy 1970s movie” I don’t … Continue reading

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The Astrodome

I ran across this Jim Murray column and thought I’d share it. As published in The Times, April 29, 1965:  

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Dec. 28, 1957


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Ted Thackrey

Aug. 13, 2001 Los Angeles  In Memory of a Rewrite King With a Truly Soaring Imagination By Al Martinez,    They told me Ted Thackrey was dead, and I said yeah, sure, right. They said he had written his last … Continue reading

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Ewing Scott

  Photograph by Con Keyes / Los Angeles Times Convicted killer L. Ewing Scott, 1980, at the age of 83. In 1986, bedridden, frail and slowly dying in a Silver Lake convalescent home, 89-year-old Leonard Ewing Scott agreed to see … Continue reading

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Smith on Wry

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times I love this picture of Times reporters Jack Smith and Marvin Miles, in coats and ties, of course, flying a kite. I don’t know the story behind this picture, but I’m sure there … Continue reading

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