Monthly Archives: May 2008

May 31, 1958

At left, Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty! But wait, there’s roller derby: the San Francisco Bay Bombers vs. the Los Angeles Braves! Talk about mind-rotting nostalgia: "Heckle and Jeckle," "Mighty Mouse" and "Howdy Doody." And, hmm…. "Bowling Time" or "Topper"? … Continue reading

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May 31, 1938

Floyd Roberts of Van Nuys, who gained much of his experience on the dirt track at Ascot, wins the Indianapolis 500. Roberts averaged 117.2 mph in a four-cylinder car (at left) built and owned by Lou Moore and designed by … Continue reading

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May 31, 1908

    Above and at left, the "white and many-pillared mansion of commerce" opens at Broadway and 8th in Los Angeles. According to The Times, Hamburger’s Department Store was the largest building on the West Coast and had California’s first … Continue reading

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May 30,1958

At left, a quote from a 12-part series running in The Times. Howard Whitman is identified as a "noted writer and commentator." After filing stories from wartime London in 1944 and the D-day invasion, Whitman returned to such fare as … Continue reading

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May 30, 1908

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May 29, 1938

Above, what Los Angeles was reading in 1938–and a shoutout to the Zombie Reading Program over at This Book Is for You…. "When there’s no more room in closed stacks, the out-of-print will rise up and walk the earth." At … Continue reading

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May 29, 1908

May 28, 1908 May 29, 1908 We will have to trust the Los Angeles Times when it says Peje Storck was a famous pianist of his day. According to The Times, the pianist arrived in town in 1903 with English … Continue reading

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May 28, 1958

Above and at left. two World War I planes are parked with a Super Sabre to publicize a flight to Pittsburgh for an air show. Times aviation writer Marvin Miles noted that the planes had machine guns, Vickers on the … Continue reading

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May 28, 1938

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times Police chemist Ray Pinker with the steering wheel from Harry Raymond’s car, in a photo from the trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette dated May 4, 1938. At left, here’s where we see corruption … Continue reading

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May 28, 1908

Above and at left, I’m not sure which is more remarkable, the story about Kate Welsh, the sister of prizefighter Fred Welsh, or the byline: Louise M. George. As late as the 1950s, reporters rarely got bylines, so it’s impossible … Continue reading

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May 27, 1938

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times, dated April 13, 1938 Above, the defendants and their attorneys in the Harry Raymond bombing … At left, more angry exchanges between Deputy Dist. Atty. Eugene Williams and Police Capt. Earle Kynette … Also: … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

Los Angeles Times file photo Well? Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons? Alas no. Margaret Dumont? Sorry, no. Doris Kenyon and Theda Bara? (Alexa Foreman). Theda Bara yes! Very good. Doris Kenyon, alas no. Email me

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May 27, 1908

Above, time to start planning summer getaways to Tahoe … At left, fruit peddler Leonardo Vett, accused, along with his wife, of stealing diamonds from local jewelry shops. "Vett looks like a Jew but says he is an Italian," The … Continue reading

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Starring Wrigley Field

May 27, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Even without a team, Wrigley Field was always ready for its closeup. The ballpark had more than its share of film and TV credits during its years in Los Angeles, from the … Continue reading

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Dodgers Dig In

May 27, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Walter O’Malley wanted it clearly understood he wasn’t going anywhere. "The players and our staff want to stay in Los Angeles. We like the location, the weather, the fans and the attendance … Continue reading

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May 26, 1958

Above and at left, authorities arrest five members of the July 26 Movement  in a plot to make arms for Fidel Castro’s rebel army in Cuba. A machine shop set up in a garage at 3144 Oakwood Ave., Lynwood, was … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Dodger Stadium

May 26, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer The next time you go to Dodger Stadium, imagine arriving on express buses that stop right in front of the ballpark. When the game is over, the buses will be waiting to … Continue reading

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May 26. 1938

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times Harry Raymond testifies about his injuries from the bomb placed in his car, in a photo dated April 30, 1938. Police Capt. Earle Kynette insists that he is being framed as he argues with … Continue reading

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May 26, 1908

Above, J.S. Zerbe and his "Aeronef," Jan. 19, 1909. May 26, 1908 Yes, Professor Zerbe’s "Aeronef" was a strange-looking contraption and I’m not sure he ever got it off the ground (he later experimented with a dirigible). But the Aero … Continue reading

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