Monthly Archives: September 2011

Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated ++]

May 12, 1924: “The Marriage Cheat” at Loew’s State and May 25, 1924, at Tallys. [Update: This is Laska Winter, seen in “The Marriage Cheat.”] Here’s our mystery gal! There’s a new photo on the jump!

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Necklace Stolen From Titanic Exhibit

Writing in the New York Times, Roberta Smith pleads for the preservation of the American Folk Art Museum. Two posts in Lens, the New York Times’ photography blog, are worthwhile reading. The first is a question and answer with Pete … Continue reading

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‘Zoot Suit’ and History – Part 9

Image: Isadore Bernstein’s name appears on a list of  undesirables.  Credit: The National Archives at Riverside. To recap briefly, I have been digging into the historical basis of the movie “Zoot Suit,” which I saw this summer in the Last … Continue reading

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Clifton’s Closing for $3-Million Renovation [Updated]

Photo: Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria. My Los Angeles Times colleague Roger Vincent reports that Clifton’s Brookdale cafeteria is closing Sept. 26 for an extended renovation. [If you haven’t read Mary Mallory’s post on Einar Petersen’s murals at Clifton’s and elsewhere downtown, … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: 1962 Cadillac hearse listed for sale on Craigslist at $30,000. Queen of the Dead – dateline September 19, 2011 •  The 108-year-old Steuben Glass company has announced they are closing shop—specifically, their Corning, NY, factory, and their 1950s-chic Madison … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

[Update: This is Anne Heywood.] Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Steven Bibb!

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Shofar Flash Mob!

Photo: The Volute Krater, which is being  returned to Italy. Credit: Minneapolis Institute of Arts Adam Nagourney of the New York Times explores the different philosophies of treating history at the Reagan and Nixon presidential libraries. But another exhibition that … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Road Trip: Wavecrest 2011 [Updated]

Photo: Model A woodie. Credit: Larry Harnisch/ I haven’t been to Wavecrest, the annual gathering of woodies at Moonlight Beach, in more than a decade, so I drove down Saturday. Here’s what I saw:

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Mystery Photo

Photograph by Larry Harnisch/L.A. Daily Mirror So … where was I when I took this?

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Found on EBay – New Rosslyn Hotels

Photo: The Rosslyn Hotels at 5th and Main via Google street view. A luggage sticker for the Rosslyn Hotels on Main has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $4.99.

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated ++]

[Update: Here’s a closer look][Update 2: This is Kay Winter in 1940. If she looks familiar it’s because she changed her name to Dorothy Comingore.] Here’s another mystery photo from Steven Bibb! There’s a new photo on the jump!

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John Wayne Gacy Victim May Be Exhumed

Photo: The last Crown Vic rolls off the Ford assembly line. Leslie Luebbers,the director of the Art Museum at the University of Memphis and head of the Paul Revere William Project will give a lecture on the famed African American … Continue reading

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Silver Lake Hammer Murder – Part 2

Sept. 16, 1941: The Silver Lake Hammer Murder turned out to be far more complicated than I expected. This segment looks at the lives of victim Florence Stricker and her husband, Dr. George H. Stricker, up to the time of … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Los Angeles Examiner

The Aug. 1, 1936, edition of the Los Angeles Examiner has been listed on EBay. I thought it would be illuminating to compare it to the cover of The Times.  Both are eight-column pages, but The Times has crammed in … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s another mystery photo courtesy of Steven Bibb! Update: This is Linda Perry, one of Warner Bros.’ finds from 1937. 

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Heiress Beaten to Death in Silver Lake

2153 Moreno Drive, via Google’s street view. Sept. 15, 1941: The murder house is on one of those narrow, curving streets above Silver Lake Reservoir, 2153 Moreno Drive. Her husband came home from work and found her beaten to death … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – J.D. Salinger Note

This note attributed to J.D. Salinger has been listed on EBay. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be thoroughly evaluated before submitting a bid. The note is listed as Buy It Now for $50,000.

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Hasbro Cooking … Without a Light Bulb

Photo: Hasbro Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. Credit: Hasbro. Many people have wondered what would become of Hasbro’s Easy-Bake oven with the demise of the incandescent light bulb. The answer is a complete redesign with a heating element. Associated Press via Washington … Continue reading

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Cruising Bunker Hill, 1940s

Writing for On Bunker Hill, my crime buddy Nathan Marsak has done a breakdown of shots in a 6-minute film that turned up at The footage was apparently filmed as background for an unidentified movie. Let’s see if we … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – B.H. Dyas

This lightly (if at all) used Wilson tennis racket from B.H. Dyas in Los Angeles has been listed on EBay. Dyas was a sporting goods store in Los Angeles, and items don’t show up terribly often. Bidding on this racket … Continue reading

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