Monthly Archives: July 2008

July 31, 1958

A car made in … Japan? Built by some outfit called Toy-o-ta? You can’t be serious. Hm. "33 m.p.g." I wonder what that means. Email me

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Spring Street revisited

Above, the Nadeau Hotel (sometimes called the Hotel Nadeau) at Spring and 1st streets (now the site of The Times Building), in an undated drawing. An early ad for a business in the Nadeau, 1889. Photograph by the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Mystery photo

  Los Angeles Times file photo Some people have asked for another clew. Fair enough, how’s this? I thought I’d take a break from the obscure starlet genre. Who is he? (And in response to a frequent question, if nobody … Continue reading

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July 30, 1938

  he search is on for a candidate to face Mayor Frank Shaw in the recall election. The Times story mentions Councilman Stephen W. Cunningham, but more important, it says that Judge Fletcher Bowron and Supervisor John Anson Ford "have … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  C.C. Pierce & Co. Photographers, Los Angeles, Cal., U.S.A. An undated photograph of the Phillips Block, 1887-1912.   After looking at the old photos of Spring Street over the last few days, I wanted to learn more about the … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo

  Below, Ducommun and Garey streets, the general area where this picture was drawn, via Google maps’ street view.   

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Lovers’ death pact at downtown hotel

  The Hotel Ramona on Spring Street.   I stumbled across this story while researching something else and it’s too good not to post. From The Times, Dec, 28, 1891. Email me

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Spring Street revisited

  C.C. Pierce & Co. Photographers, Los Angeles, Cal. U.S.A. This picture was taken from Spring and 2nd streets about 1895, and shows the reverse angle of Spring and 1st, which we looked at yesterday.   One of the most … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  C. C. Pierce Photographer, 1572 W. Pico, Los Angeles This photograph of Spring Street, looking south from Temple, is slightly later than the one in the previous entry and was taken about 1896.    Notice that our single-track, horse-drawn … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  Los Angeles Times file photo When this photo was taken, about 1883, Spring Street took an oblique angle at 1st. We're looking north, possibly from the Nadeau Hotel at what is now the site of The Times Building. The … Continue reading

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Headline News

July 26, 1948 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer uiz time: What does this headline mean? It’s pretty clear we’re talking about baseball, but who are the Twinks and the Suds? The Twinks were a familiar headline name in The Times … Continue reading

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July 26, 1938

aul "the Porpoise" Chotteau collapses within 10 miles of his goal of swimming from Santa Barbara to Venice … A bomb in Haifa kills 50 people, wounds 58 others and touches off rioting … Kentucky Gov. A.B. "Happy" Chandler is … Continue reading

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July 26, 1908

  Above, developer Samuel A. Selover buys a home at Bonnie Brae and Miramar streets. Selover, whose projects included Belmont Shore in Long Beach, died in 1939. Below, Bonnie Brae and Miramar via Google maps’ street view. Email me  

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Nuestro Pueblo

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‘Discovering’ Chavez Ravine

By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer The Times published a tidbit about the Hollywood Stars and their owner, Bob Cobb, that made me go looking deeper for more details. Jeane Hoffman reported that Cobb "discovered" Chavez Ravine as a potential home … Continue reading

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July 25, 1938

oe Shaw resigns as personal secretary to his brother, Mayor Frank Shaw, and elopes to Reno with Buelah M. Fuller of the mayor’s secretarial staff. Curiously enough, Joe Shaw is identified as a lieutenant, which I haven’t encountered before. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Woman, boy strangled

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Blind Tom dies

he Daily Mirror overlooked the death of "Blind Tom" Wiggins, reported June 28, 1908. Blind Tom played the piano, but he was more than a pianist. He wrote music, but he was far more than a composer. Blind Tom was … Continue reading

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Woman disappears

View Larger Map 3714 W. Pico Blvd., via Google maps’ street view   July 23, 1958 uth lived in a room at the Shari Hotel, 3714 W. Pico, that she shared with a little dog and a couple of parakeets. … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo

ow this was truly a happy discovery: Someone turned two streetcars into a house. Alas, it’s not there anymore. I would love to know the story behind the home, I’m sure it’s an interesting one. At left, an update on … Continue reading

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