Mary Holland Kinkaid – Early Newspaperwoman

Man of Yesterday

“The Man of Yesterday” by Mary Holland Kinkaid, has been listed on EBay. Kinkaid, who died in 1948, is forgotten today, but was city editor of the Herald and is probably the first woman city editor of a Los Angeles newspaper, before Aggie Underwood, city of the Herald-Express, who is usually given the honor.

In 1933, Times columnist Alma Whitaker said Kinkaid was “the arch pioneer newspaper woman. In those days, she had to hand her copy in through a window in the editorial room door — no woman could be allowed to sully the sacred precincts.”

Bidding on “The Man of Yesterday” is listed as Buy It Now for $19.95.

Oct. 21, 1948, Mary Holland Kinkaid

Sept. 6, 1933, Mary Holland Kinkaid

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2 Responses to Mary Holland Kinkaid – Early Newspaperwoman

  1. Alan H. Simon says:

    The inclusive newspaper clipping short story about Los Angeles Judge David Coleman, who at the time was sitting on the Municipal Court bench, takes me back to my early days as a Public Defender when judges often exercised compassion that today is not possible in our punitive oriented society. I witnessed many such judicial acts from Coleman and other jurists who served in that era and into the 1960’s.

    Judge David Coleman has been entered into the Los Angeles Criminal Justice Wall of Fame located in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. His profile therein reads as follows:

    David Coleman (1898 – 1976)
    Born in Waco Texas on January 02, 1898, David Coleman served in World War I. He subsequently earned his law degree from Harvard. Before becoming an attorney, Judge Coleman worked on the editorial staff of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Salt Lake Telegram, San Francisco Bulletin and Los Angeles Examiner. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1928 and specialized in criminal law. Judge Coleman served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney from 1929 to 1937. He prosecuted many high profile cases while serving in that office. Judge Coleman was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1947. He was elevated to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1949. Judge Coleman served as president of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council, and worked with countless civic groups, charities and institutions. Judge Coleman presided over the celebrated Finch-Tregoff trial. Judge Coleman was known for his humanity and compassion. For example, in 1948, he accepted a ten-pound jar of honey for a $5 traffic fine when the defendant said she had no money.


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