Black Dahlia: 1947 L.A. Examiner Front Page Sells for $500+


Someone bought this front page of the Jan. 17, 1947, Los Angeles Examiner, with the story about the identification of Elizabeth Short, for $511.01. Not the entire paper. Just the front page. The seller was Timothy Hughes: Early and Rare Newspapers.

The story is illustrated with her mug shot from her arrest in Santa Barbara and one of her fingerprints, which was sent by wirephoto machine to the FBI. Notice the small box in the lower right-hand corner. That was a daily listing of the major crimes that occurred in Los Angeles.

The January 1947 issues of the Examiner used to be available on microfilm at the Los Angeles Public Library, but I have been told by several people that there’s a problem with those reels. Either they are badly damaged from heavy use or keep disappearing.  I copied all of them in 1996, so it’s not a concern for me, but others aren’t so fortunate.


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3 Responses to Black Dahlia: 1947 L.A. Examiner Front Page Sells for $500+

  1. jeff prescott says:

    I had an early bid..but let it go…because it didn’t look like a “final” with bigger headline….at that price…


    • lmharnisch says:

      Personally, I would never pay that kind of money for it. But I’m lucky enough to have what I need on paper that isn’t going to deteriorate, as newsprint will. And yes, this is not the final edition. As far as I can tell from my copy, the main headline and decks remained the same, but there were updates to the story. The weather story down the page got a new headline, etc.


  2. Eve says:

    The gift shop at Westminster Abbey used to sell old magazines and newspapers–not reproductions, but the real things–for very reasonable prices. I have a Gentleman’s Magazine from 1775, and several newspapers from the early 1800s. I can spend hours poring over them! The ads and human-interest stories are more interesting to me than the big news stories.


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