August 1933: In my journey through years ending in “3,” I have neglected 1933, when the National Recovery Act took effect Aug. 1. President Roosevelt’s plan was to put people back to work by raising the minimum wage to $12 to $15 a week and cutting the work week to 40 hours for white-collar jobs and 35 hours for industrial jobs, The Times said.
With their new leisure time, some Los Angeles residents headed to the … library!
Among the provisions: “Child labor is prohibited except for free hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and a $1 differential is provided for 15 Southern States and the District of Columbia.”
L.A.’s sainted streetcar system: A driver sues the Los Angeles Railway Corp., charging that a negligent motorman ran a streetcar into his auto on West 10th Street near Irolo Street.
Opening tomorrow at Grauman’s Chinese: “Dinner at Eight.”
Follies Burlesque: 80 people — mostly girls