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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times

Nov. 20, 1947: Bobby-Soxer Kills Girl, 5

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Joyce, 13, came home that afternoon and told her father and stepmother what she had done. Her father, an auto body mechanic, ordered his wife and … Continue reading

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Nov. 20, 1907: Police Capture Streetcar Bandits

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 20, 1907 Los Angeles Police battling the current crime wave say they have arrested two men who staged daring holdups on the Ascot Park and Eastlake streetcars, robbing the motormen and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas With a Parade

The view down Hollywood Boulevard in 2014. Photograph by Mary Mallory. Photo: Santa Claus Lane, shown in a postcard on EBay, listed as Buy It Now for $8.50. Note: The 87th Hollywood Christmas Parade, with Nancy O’Dell as grand marshal, … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated)

For Monday, we have two mystery guests.

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Nov. 18, 1907: Historic Pasadena Presbyterian Church Moved to South Pasadena

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 18, 1907 South Pasadena Calvary Presbyterian Church at Center (now El Centro) and Fremont was dedicated in a service featuring prominent local religious leaders, including Dr. John Willis Baer, president of … Continue reading

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Nov. 17, 1947: Miracle Red Toothpaste Tints Gums a Healthy Pink

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. This dental accessory, imported from England, surfaced in Los Angeles in November 1947 and by January 1948 had altered its slogan slightly to “Wine-Colored Toothpaste,” in … Continue reading

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Nov. 17, 1907: A #MeToo Moment in the Monkey House; Opera Tenors in Trouble

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 17, 1907 New York by direct wire to The Times Something curious seems to be going on with opera tenors in the monkey house at New York’s Central Park; perhaps there’s … Continue reading

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Nov. 16, 1947: Alvira Earp, Widow of Frontier Lawman Virgil Earp

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1423 S. Van Ness

As promised, here are views of the home of Mrs. E.N. Eskey, featured in The Times in 1907. Note the damaged chimney, presumably the victim of seismic Darwinism. And as a bonus, here’s the home of Igor Stravinsky, which I … Continue reading

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Nov. 16, 1907: Husband in Elaborate Disguise Shoots Estranged Wife on Streetcar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 16, 1907 Los Angeles Mrs. Amanda Cook (she is also identified as Jennie and Mary) came to Los Angeles from Boston in 1906 with two of her children in search of … Continue reading

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Nov. 15, 1981: Still Unsolved — Aspiring Screenwriter Killed in Hit-Run Staged to Look Like Rape

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Sue was 29, tall, blond and athletic with dimples every time she smiled—her big, clunky glasses the only thing that might betray a degree in … Continue reading

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Nov. 15, 1907: Charles Mulford Robinson Drafts a Los Angeles of the Future

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 15, 1907 Los Angeles Architect Charles Mulford Robinson has drafted a proposal for downtown Los Angeles that is stunning in its ambition. One portion calls for broad boulevard leading from a … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks; St. Paul Baptist Church Plans a New Building

Nov. 13, 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks is at the Last Word, 4206 Central Ave. The Last Word opened in July 1947 and seems to have closed in 1951. Or at least it was no longer advertising in the Sentinel. On … Continue reading

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Nov. 14, 1947: Frightening Food From the 1940s – M.J.B. Nightcap

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. 1. In the top of a double-boiler, combine 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and ¼ cup triple-strength M.J.B. coffee. Half-strength or triple-strength, the mellow … Continue reading

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Sept. 19, 1907: Deadlier Than Male

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 19, 1907 Los Angeles “Hidden somewhere in Los Angeles is a daredevil Spanish woman who should be standing with the Mexican revolutionaries when they are arraigned here in the United States … Continue reading

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‘Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood’ | One-Page Fact Check: Fail

The one-page fact check of Karina Longworth’s “Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood” was even more successful than I expected. Well done, Brain Trust. Grade: Fail. Ready? Here we go:

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Black L.A. 1947: The Week’s Juke Box Hits

“Since I fell for You” by Annie Laurie leads the Sentinel’s Juke Box Hits.

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Nov. 13-14, 1947: Deadly Violence in the Holy Land

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Nov. 13, 1907: Revolutionary Defense Fund

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 13, 1907 Los Angeles An uproarious meeting was held last night at Simpson Auditorium to raise money for the four Mexican revolutionaries being held in the Los Angeles County Jail. The … Continue reading

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