Category Archives: 1947

Dec. 14, 1947: Chess Columnist Seeks Help for Ailing Grand Master Geza Maroczy

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. It’s hard to reduce so many important stories to three-bullet items … like blood flowing in the streets of Jerusalem and Jaffa … Earl E. Kynette … Continue reading

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An Early Christmas for Children With Terminal Illnesses

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. One of the tragic staples in The Times is stories of young cancer patients who received their presents early because they weren’t expected to live until … Continue reading

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December 1947: ‘Half of Police Work Caused by Drunks!’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Quote of the day: “The atomic bomb was characterized yesterday as ‘the greatest blessing ever to befall the Japanese.’ ” Col. Herbert L. Herberts, making the … Continue reading

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December 1947: Igor Stravinsky at Work on ‘The Rake’s Progress’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In late November, composer Igor Stravinsky had a guest at his home in the Hollywood Hills (The Times is elusive as to its exact location). His … Continue reading

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December 1947: ‘Taxi Army’ Saves Tel Aviv

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Quote of the day: “Dream Dress to dance into 1948—Young sorceress of the wand-waist, bouffant skirt school, whirls through the holidays in the luminous splendor of … Continue reading

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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, 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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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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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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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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December 1947: Arabs Burn U.S. Embassy; Lubitsch Dies at 55

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Ernst Lubitsch dies at his home in Bel-Air. He is 55. Quote of the day: “Why not? I have nothing to go home to. My mother … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: “I Am the Night” and Dr. George Hodel, Who Never Killed Anyone

Sorry, Verve magazine, Dr. George Hodel was NOT known “to have committed the murder of the Black Dahlia.” In fact, he was not known to have killed anybody.. Also, he wasn’t a “Hollywood gynaecologist” infamous or otherwise.

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November 1947: U.N. Approves Partition of Palestine; Iraq Leader Predicts Massacre Across the Mideast

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (AP)—Partitioning of Palestine into Jewish and Arab countries was approved by the United Nations Assembly late today. Arabs promptly threatened general opposition … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: ‘I Am the Night’ – Not Featuring Man Ray!

Above, a frame from “I Am the Night” showing what I have to assume is Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel presiding over a meeting of the Hollywood Minotaur Club. I was looking over the cast of “I Am the Night,” … Continue reading

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November 1947: Will Shortz Can Safely Ignore This Puzzle (You Too, Rex Parker)

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. A little grid, 13 boxes square, full of obscure words and frustration, the crossword emerged in The Times in November 1924 as the craze swept America … Continue reading

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Nov. 30, 2006: Architectural Rambling

Here’s the former Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena, now the Grace Brethren church. Note: This is an encore post. Nov. 30, 2006 Los Angeles I don’t think anyone who knows both of us will ever confuse me with Nathan … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Crackpot Theory of the Day

Every so often, my curiosity gets the better of me and I venture out on the Internet to take the pulse of Black Dahlia theories.

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November 1947: Women Charged Under 1872 Law for Same-Sex Marriage

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. They were a quiet young couple in their 20s, so quiet that their neighbors in Valley of the Moon, near Santa Rosa, rarely saw them. David … Continue reading

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