Monthly Archives: December 2018

December 1947: Forget-Me-Nots for the Rose Queens of Yesteryear

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. What has become of the Rose Queens of yesteryear? What has happened to the girls who in the past have ruled over the glamour, excitement … Continue reading

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Dec. 8, 1907: Jewish Refugees, Fleeing Russian Persecution, Come to L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 8, 1907 Los Angeles I’ll apologize now, for this is an account with more questions than answers; a story of heartbreak and hope without an ending. The Times features three members … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. You might have to hunt a bit for Don Normark’s 1999 book “Chavez Ravine, 1949,” but your search will be rewarded. The photos are terrific and the residents’ recollections make the book even … Continue reading

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Dec, 7, 2006: Note to "Dahlia Avenger" Fans

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Here’s a publicity still of “Maddy” Comfort from “Kiss Me Deadly” for sale on EBay. Her name is also spelled “Mattie” and “Mady.” Comfort is referred to in the Los Angeles County … Continue reading

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December 1947: Police Bullets End Bull’s Run for Freedom

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Ferdinand is dead. He ran five miles in his flight for freedom before police bullets cut him down. He escaped at 3811 S. Soto, and lurched … Continue reading

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Dec. 7, 1907: Morris Buck Hanged for Killing Mrs. Canfield, Former Employer

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 7, 1907 Los Angeles “I asked if she received the letter. She said she had. I asked her if she would loan me a sum of money to be paid back … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Glen Creason’s book on maps of Los Angeles shows the many ways people have viewed the city over the years. I interviewed him for The Times in 2012 and fortunately for all concerned, … Continue reading

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December 1947: Powerful Blast Destroys House, Injures Fumigation Crew, Kills Neighbor

Before the introduction of Vikane, also known as Sulfuryl Fluoride, pesticide companies relied on hydrocyanic gas, a compound used to exterminate termites—and in California’s lethal gas chamber. That’s what a crew from Guarantee Fumigating Co. was pumping into the home … Continue reading

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L.A. Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Mary Mallory’s posts are one of the L.A. Daily Mirror’s most popular features, so we are happy to recommend “Hollywoodland”; “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays,” written with Karie Bible; “Hollywood at Play,” written … Continue reading

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Shout Out to Nathan

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December 1947: It’s Curtains, Rocky! MPAA Bans Gangster Pictures

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. NEW YORK, Dec. 3. (AP)—The board of directors of the Motion Picture Association of America today voted to cease distribution of new and old pictures glorifying … Continue reading

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Dec. 5, 1907: Man Accused of Scheme in Selling Daughter to Gypsies

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 5, 1907 St. Louis A Los Angeles couple have a novel way of making money: Antonio Thompson and his wife sell their daughter Marie to the Gypsies, then go to court … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Dec. 4, 1947: The jukebox hits of the week, from the Los Angeles Sentinel.

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December 1947: Youths, Bored With Hunting Squirrels, Shot at Each Other – Then One of Them Died

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and original appeared on the 1947project. Facing a possible accusation of involuntary manslaughter, Jack L. Modisett, 17, of 1717 N. Avenue 53, was removed to Ventura on an open charge yesterday after … Continue reading

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Dec. 4, 1907: Shooting on Baldwin Ranch Raises Tensions Between Chinese, Latino Workers

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 4, 1907 Arcadia Charley Chew, the water superintendent on the Lucky Baldwin ranch, had fired two Mexican workers several months ago and one dark night near the Unruh residence, they ambushed … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. True style never goes out of date, after all. We are being bombarded by stories about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with videos of long lines at stores and the attendant consumer frenzy. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 Warner Bros. film “Colorado Territory,” with Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull, John Archer, James Mitchell, Morris Ankrum, Basil Ruysdael, Frank Puglia, Ian Wolfe, Harry Woods and Houseley Stevenson. Written by … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Mary Pickford Dances Into Screen Adulthood in ‘Rosita’

Above, a clip of “Restoring a Lost Silent Film: How to See “Rosita” by Dave Kehr from the Museum of Modern Art. This is an encore post from May. In 1922, legendary German film director Ernst Lubitsch and “America’s Sweetheart” … Continue reading

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December 1947: Son Uses Coin Telescope at Point Fermin to Spot Body of Missing Father

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Herbert’s mother phoned him on Monday because his father, Fritz, was missing from their home at 3703 W. Bluff Place in San Pedro. Herbert told police … Continue reading

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