A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

July 3, 1942, Harry Rankin

Years ago, in researching Camp Cooke, I bought the diary of a soldier named Harry A. Rankin, who was stationed there in 1942 and early 1943 (and no, he doesn’t mention Elizabeth Short). Here’s his list of what he did on a pass to Los Angeles on July 3-5, 1942.

Among the places he visited were Clifton’s Cafeteria of the Tropics, 618 S. Olive.; Pershing Square, where a B-25 was on display; the Biltmore; Beverly Hills Hotel; the Hollywood Canteen; Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; the Pantages Theatre; Earl Carroll’s; and Temple Baptist Church at 5th and Olive – also known as Philharmonic Auditorium.  He also mentions the Platinium dance hall, which is a new one on me.

July 3, 1942, Harry Rankin

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2 Responses to A Wartime Fourth of July: Los Angeles, 1942

  1. Lee Rivas says:

    The Hollywood Palladium? It was constructed in 1940…


  2. Jerry Cronin says:

    Great post to put things in perspective as to how LA has changed.


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