Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tomahawk Murder: ‘It Must Have Been the Heat’

July 31, 1943: Los Angeles — and that is Los Angeles before air conditioning — bakes in a heat wave, temperatures so hot that it’s the reason for murder. “I had a sudden impulse; it must have been the heat,” … Continue reading

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Preaching at the Court House

USC has taken its collection of the Los Angeles Star offline for indexing. Here’s a backup copy from the California Digital Newspaper Collection. July 25, 1863: A staunchly anti-Republican paper, the Star endorses the Democratic ticket, including John G. Downey … Continue reading

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An Anniversary for Musso & Frank

Oct. 11, 1919: Frank’s Cafe at 6669 Hollywood Blvd. is meeting with fine success, from Holly Leaves. July 28, 1923: The opening of Musso & Frank Grill, in Holly Leaves, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Mary Mallory notes that Musso & … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +++)

And for Monday, a mystery vehicle.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hats Off to Black-Foxe Military Institute

Long before there were Tiger Moms, many parents stressed discipline and hard work to their school-age children. Boys were often enrolled in military prep schools to learn discipline, rigor and fortitude through both schoolroom work and athletic pursuits. Several Los … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: About Your ‘New’ Theory on the Killer

Every so often, I get emails or phone calls from people who want to share their Black Dahlia theories with me. I am a patient man. I always listen to what they say and I always read their emails. EVEN … Continue reading

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Action by FDR Averts Streetcar Strike!

July 25, 1943: President Roosevelt intervenes in the planned Pacific Electric Railway strike, saying that he did not want to use Army trucks to transport war supplies. The strike centered on a raise of 13 cents an hour, which has … Continue reading

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Streetcar Strike Could Paralyze Los Angeles!

July 24, 1943: Labor problems threaten to paralyze mass transportation in Los Angeles. The Times says that 3,000 Los Angeles Railway workers have ended a 24-hour walkout while 2,500 Pacific Electric workers are scheduled to strike. Marion “More Curves Than … Continue reading

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Black Doctor in Divorce Case Says Wife Tried to ‘Masquerade’ as White

July 23, 1923: The centennial of the Monroe Doctrine is celebrated at Exposition Park in the American Historical Revue and Motion Picture Exposition.. The U.S. Mint in San Francisco issued commemorative half dollars for the occasion. The Times says: “One … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated ++++)

And for Monday……

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Virgil Apger, MGM’S Classic Portrait Photographer

  Virgil Apger, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios excelled in most areas of film production, including that of still portrait photography. Several of its head portrait photographers, like Ruth Harriet Louise, George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull, are … Continue reading

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Man Shoots Companion in Search for Prowler

   Nancy and Sluggo in all their vintage glory. July 19, 1943: The Times publishes a list of casualties from the Army and Navy. Francis Joseph Montclair was a motor machinist second class and is buried in Honolulu. Lt. Cmdr. … Continue reading

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Arabella Huntington Marries Nephew in Paris

The Times takes a dim view of Mexican revolutionaries.   July 17, 1913: Arabella D. Huntington, widow of the late Collis P. Huntington, marries his nephew, Henry E. Huntington, in Paris at the American Church in the Rue de Berri.  … Continue reading

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Battle of Gettysburg — Exaggeration and Falsehood!

The entire July 11, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available from USC, scanned as jpgs from a copy at the Huntington. It is also available in pdf form at the California Digital Library. The link to the … Continue reading

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A Night at the Florentine Gardens, 1943

Here’s another item from the Florentine Gardens: A 1943 photo of people that has been listed on EBay for 99 cents.

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +++)

And for Monday, a mystery woman.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Glass Slides, Motion Pictures’ First Coming Attractions

A magic lantern slide for the Gloria Swanson film “Her Gilded Cage”  (1922), listed on EBay with bids starting at $89. Before movie studios employed trailers to raise audiences’ awareness and interest in attending films, they used lantern glass slides … Continue reading

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Pacoima Man Killed With Jack Handle in Gang Fight

Benito Mendivil Jr., 19, 10606 El Dorado Ave., had left his Pacoima gang for a rival one in San Fernando. On the night of Sunday, July 14, 1963, he had just driven away from his home in a car carrying … Continue reading

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The Florentine Gardens Meets Cecil B. De Mille

A copy of Nils T. Granlund’s “autobiography,” written with Sid Feder and Ralph Hancock, has been listed on EBay. What makes this copy somewhat unusual is that it was apparently owned by Cecil B. De Mille. Granlund was impresario at … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywoodland Sign Premieres November 1923

Jan. 6, 1924: The Times publishes a photo of an Oakland car that was driven up to the Hollywood sign. Parade magazine claimed in its July 7, 2013, issue that the completed Hollywoodland sign premiered July 13, 1923, but provided … Continue reading

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