Monthly Archives: February 2018

Black L.A., 1947: Animator George Pal Sponsors Youth Basketball Team

Feb. 27, 1947: The Sentinel never wrote anything further about the Newton Pals basketball team. The team members were listed as Charles Ward, Louis Augistine, Marion Person, Charles Davis, Henry Morrison, Aroyce Robinson, Ralph Swere, Roland Bundice and James Howard. … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 28 — A Rain Check

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. After spending so much time on Elizabeth Short’s autopsy, Wolfe is heading into autobiographical material. Given all the nonsense surrounding our last foray into the Wolfe household (remember “Uncle Vern” who used … Continue reading

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Feb. 28, 1907: Edison Crew Cuts Down 300-Year-Old Oak to Keep Power Line Straight

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 28, 1907 Los Angeles An old and massive California live oak used to mark the division between three Spanish land grants lies in pieces on the ground because an Edison foreman … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Huge Blast Kills 17, Show Dangers of Industry Moving Into Black Neighborhoods

Feb. 20, 1947: An aerial view of the devastation from the explosion at the O’Connor Electroplating Corp.,  926 E. Pico Blvd.  Los Angeles Public Library Herald Examiner collection. The site of the O’Connor Electroplating explosion via Google Satellite View. The … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging ‘Black Dahlia Files’ Part 27 — The Pinata Collecting Our Thoughts

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. The two-minute executive summary: In analyzing Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles,” we have spent the last week on the … Continue reading

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Feb. 27, 1907: Downtown Fire Kills Secretary Who Stopped to Call Boss

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 27, 1907 Los Angeles A thick cloud of smoke from a raging fire in the basement swept through the Germain building on South Spring Street at lunch hour, engulfing businessmen and … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: Husband Suspected of Killing Mary Tate

  Feb. 27, 1947: Terry Tate, of 123 N. San Pedro Street, is arrested in the death of his wife, Mary, at 107 Weller Street, described by the Sentinel as a rooming house or hotel. Tate was strangled and beaten … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1955 Warner Bros. film “Tall Man Riding,” with Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle, Bill Ching, John Baragrey, Robert Barrat, John Dehner, Paul Richards and Lane Chandler. The screenplay was by Joseph Hoffman, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Moving Picture Hero of My Heart’ Promotes Movies

  From its beginnings, the motion picture industry developed adept advertising and promotional concepts to spread the word of its film products and stars. Quick to develop cross-promotions and partnerships with magazines and newspapers, the film industry grew new fans … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 26 — Missing Man Formation

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Our story so far: I am blogging—in real time—as I read Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files.” It’s been slow going and this is an especially tedious part because I’m examining … Continue reading

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In Indiana, There Is No Beer

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 14-26, 1907 Los Angeles The Rev. Ervin S. Chapman, a Presbyterian minister who heads the Anti-Saloon League of California, has won a victory through an address that persuaded an Indiana judge … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 25 — Loyalty

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Just out of curiosity, I did a Google image search for “loyalty.” I got Johnny Cash flipping the bird (turned into a mock motivational poster); another poster for the Army on its … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 24 — He Walked by Night

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Much has been written about poor crowd control at the Black Dahlia crime scene. Here’s an example of LAPD crowd control from the 1948 film “He Walked by Night,” which was the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 23 — The Pinata

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. So what’s your point, Harnisch? Isn’t there a little schadenfreude here in dismantling Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles”? Didn’t … Continue reading

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Feb. 24, 1907: Samuel Tilden Norton Designs Eagle Rock Bank Building

Eagle Rock bank building designed by Samuel Tilden Norton, via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 24, 1907 Eagle Rock Architect Samuel Tilden Norton has designed a bank building for Townsend Avenue and Colorado … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 22 — The Funny Papers

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oh dear…. oh dearie, dearie, dear. Just out of curiosity, I decided to check the address Wolfe gave as his home when Bugsy Siegel was killed. This was 803 N. Roxbury Drive … Continue reading

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Feb. 23, 1907: Scotch Thistles Beat English Victorias in 1st L.A. Soccer Game of 20th Century

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 23, 1907 Los Angeles The Scotch Thistles beat the English Victorias 3-2 in Southern California’s first soccer game since the Caledonians and the Pasadena team met at Agricultural Park in 1890, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Blogging “Black Dahlia Files” Part 21 —The Cloudy Crystal Ball

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. I have a poor track record with movie screenings, being one of the few people to walk out halfway through a sneak preview of “Boogie Nights,” which I thought was terrible. Of … Continue reading

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Feb. 22, 1907: Rainstorm Inspires Lyricism From Times Reporter

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 22, 1907 Los Angeles Here’s how The Times weather stories read a century ago: “For all the daylight hours yesterday, the rain drizzled down, much of the time like a heavy … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: Willie Earle Lynched by South Carolina Mob

Feb. 20, 1947: The lynching of Willie Earle drew nationwide attention. Here is the New Yorker’s 1947 account of the trial in which 28 men were acquitted.

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