Category Archives: 1930

Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Well, Here Is the Damndest Film You’ll Ever See

  “Cigarette Life!” A deathless line from “Tomato Is Another Day.” I offer for your bewilderment Tomato Is Another Day (1930), seven of the weirdest minutes ever committed to film. It was never widely shown (for obvious reasons) and was … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ravenswood Apartments Attract the Stylish

Mae West in her boudoir at the Ravenswood, Life magazine, Feb. 19, 1940. Built during the early years of the Great Depression, the luxurious Ravenswood Apartment building at 570 N. Rossmore Ave. stands as one of the best examples of … Continue reading

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From the Stacks – ‘Death Valley the Facts’

Is it wrong to buy a book on the basis of one map? I suppose it is, but I couldn’t resist. I found this copy of W.A. Chalfant’s “Death Valley the Facts” the other evening at the Last Bookstore and … Continue reading

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Gangster Kills Tribune Reporter, 1930

Ken Burns’ series on Prohibition has brought a reexamination of the era. John McCormick of the Chicago Tribune looks at the tawdry end of the Trib’s Alfred “Jake” Lingle, who was shot to death in 1930, revealing a secret life. … Continue reading

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