Monthly Archives: August 2011

Texas Cattle Rustler Gets 99 Years

Photo: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn. Special Rangers Scott Williamson and Marvin Wills along with Carl Wade Curry. Credit: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn. Carl Wade Curry of Athens, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years for cattle rustling. … Continue reading

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A Kinder Simpler Time Dept.: Bank Holiday and Long Beach Quake, 1933

In researching the premiere of “Nagana” and brief career of Tala Birell, I stumbled across a series of stories from 1933 that was worth a closer look. Are things tough today? To be sure. But here’s what our grandparents (or … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Mary Louise Tea Room

A postcard of the Mary Louise Tea Room, formerly the Mary Elizabeth,  has been listed on EBay. The Mary Louise was originally in the Brack Shops Building, 7th near Grand, and in 1922 moved to the southwest corner of 7th … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Steven Bibb! [Update: This is Sonja Ziemann from the 1961 film “The Secret Ways.” ]

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‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ Is a Fake, Prosecutors Say

  Image: Save a Torah website. Credit: Perhaps you remember James Barron’s April 30, 2008, feature in the New York Times about Rabbi Menachem Youlus of Save a Torah, who traveled the world, often at great expense and tremendous … Continue reading

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Google Strikes Again

Google has a bad habit of introducing a wonderful feature and then breaking it a few years later, as quietly as possible. The latest victim is Google’s online newspaper archives. Researchers may have noticed that the interface changed recently. This … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Bullock’s Wilshire

This rather amazing cape with hood and feather boa from Bullock’s Wilshire has been listed on EBay. The vendor says she bought this about 1979. Bidding starts at $75.

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Old Computers: Less Power Than a Cellphone, but Cool

Photo: Deep Thought (OK, not really) in the Living Computer Museum. Credit: Dionne Searcey/Wall Street Journal. Dionne Searcey of the Wall Street Journal writes about the Living Computer Museum established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. And of course, the computers  … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 6

Image: Listening to the radio, Oct. 28, 1945. This is Part 6 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses Jack Benny, roller derby, professional wrestling and Gorgeous George. James Curtis’ interview with Dick Lane … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Stimson House

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N.Y. TV Shows ♥ L.A.

Photo: “CSI:NY” Sign on Spring Street. Credit: Photograph by Larry Harnisch/L.A. Daily Mirror. “industry veterans have said that the days of shooting quintessential New York shows (like “Seinfeld” and “Friends”) in California are numbered.” —New York Times, July 21, 2011 … Continue reading

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Voices: Police Capt. Ed Jokisch, 1914 – 2011, Part 3

Image: Ed Jokisch retires, Feb. 18, 1972. Retirement cartoons are an LAPD tradition. This is what they looked like in the 1970s. Credit: Ed Jokisch family. This is Part 3 of my interview with the late Ed Jokisch. Note: Toward … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury — Newsboy

June 27, 1947: Ray Bradbury, who once sold newspapers at Olympic and Norton, publishes “Dark Carnival,” a book of short stories.

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Found on EBay – Witzel Mystery Photo

This Witzel studio photo, which the vendor says shows a child performer named Hamilton, has been listed on EBay. I cannot locate anything on a child performer by this name. Bidding starts at $9.99.

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Job-Hunting Lessons From the Great Depression

Image: Help wanted, July 27, 1941. Credit: Los Angeles Times Joe Light in the Wall Street Journal looks at job-hunting lessons from the Great Depression. Interviews with historians and Depression-era job seekers suggest that the formula for finding work hasn’t … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: 2003 Cadillac hearse for sale on EBay. Bidding starts at $10,000. Queen of the Dead – dateline August 22, 2011   • The godfather of Mondo Cinema, Gualtiero Jacopetti, died at 92 on August 17. The director of the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Zoot Suit!

What appears to be an original zoot suit, with reet pleat, drape shape and stuff cuff,  has been listed on EBay. According to the vendor, this suit was in the wardrobe department of a movie studio. There is no label, … Continue reading

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LAPD Pistol Team – 1934 [Updated]

Photo: The LAPD pistol team puts on a demonstration at the Auto Club headquarters in 1934. Credit: “Three Cars in Every Garage: A Motorist’s History of the Automobile and the Automobile Club of Southern California,” Page 164. Did they really … Continue reading

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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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Rave Review on Amazon, Only $5

Photo: Edsel Ford III, left, and Edsel Ford II at the wheel of the Model 40. Credit: Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. David Streitfeld of the New York Times reports on how authors, restaurants and hotels can buy a positive … Continue reading

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