Category Archives: Downtown

Dec. 12, 1907: Recreation Center to Be Built in Heart of Industrial District

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec.12, 1907 Los Angeles In the gritty, industrial heart of the 8th Ward at Holly Street and St. John, officials are planning a large recreation facility “as an oasis in the wilderness,” … Continue reading

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1920: Police Raid Party at Ex-Mayor’s Home, Arrest 7 Men in Drag

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 10,1907 Los Angeles Mayor Arthur C. Harper happens to be in all sorts of trouble. He’s telling the newspapers that he has had enough of politics and won’t seek another term. … 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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Nov. 29, 1907: Baker’s New Recipe Touches Off a Matzo Brawl

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 29, 1907 Los Angeles Oh Those Shriners: Recall, if you will, the grisly train wreck that killed a large number of Shriners returning from their convention in Los Angeles. It seems … Continue reading

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Nov. 28, 1907: Drunk Civil War Veterans Spur Liquor Ban; Noisy Rooster Starts War on Olive Street

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 28, 1907 Los Angeles Ocean Park banned serving alcohol to soldiers in uniform because drunk Civil War veterans from the soldiers home in Sawtelle “were seen reeling about the saloons.” A … Continue reading

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Nov. 24, 1907: Roving to Monrovia

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 24, 1907 Monrovia The Times real estate section takes a look at what was then the distant suburb of Monrovia, 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The writer notes the increasing … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Declares Early Thanksgiving

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Nov. 9, 1941: Amid the gathering clouds of World War II, President Roosevelt declares what will be the last peacetime Thanksgiving. Noting American aid to nations fighting the Axis, Roosevelt says: “Let … 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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Nov. 7, 1947: Santa Makes Second Appearance in Downtown L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. You might want to clip and save this for the next time someone complains that the Christmas season comes earlier every year. Santa was a well-traveled … Continue reading

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Location Sleuth: ‘Double Indemnity’

Update: This is a post from 2006. The location was identified by Crime Buddy Nathan Marsak as Olive Street, with Philharmonic Auditorium and Pershing Square in the background. Here’s a frame grab from the opening shots of “Double Indemnity.” According … Continue reading

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Oct. 31, 1907: Streetcar Crash at Spring and 2nd Kills 1, Injures 7

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 31, 1907 Los Angeles John J. Mooney, 23, a Southern Pacific machinist who recently arrived from Butte, Mont., was aboard the West 2nd Street car on his way to be initiated … Continue reading

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Oct. 15, 1907: Fire Threatens Orpheum

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 15, 1907 Los Angeles On a rainy night in Los Angeles, a fire broke out in the four-story brick office building at 235 S. Spring St. housing the Orpheum Theater and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Richfield Building Jazzes Up Los Angeles’ Skyline

The Richfield Building in an undated postcard. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. After years of deprivation, darkness and worry during World War I and its aftermath, America was ready to look toward a shining future of prosperity … Continue reading

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Sept. 20, 1907: Suicide Note — ‘Everything Is Boiling’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 20, 1907 Los Angeles For weeks, Colorado mining investor John Geisel, 57, had confided in his diary as he felt his mind and his life coming unraveled “Good God,” he wrote, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hamburger’s Department Store, Arrow Movie Theater

A postcard of Hamburger’s Department Store is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $2.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The classy, oversize May Co. Department Store located at 801 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Sept. 15, 1947: On Rosh Hashana, a Call to Mobilize for Peace

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The ram’s horn, once a trumpet of war but now a symbol of faith, sounded at sundown yesterday in Los Angeles synagogues to mark the dawn … Continue reading

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On Location in Los Angeles: ‘The Unfaithful’ (1947)

Here’s the sequence of shots in “The Unfaithful” showing Angels Flight, photographed by Ernest Haller, edited by Alan Crosland Jr. In image No. 1, we have a news vendor and the upper entrance to the funicular.

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Black L.A. 1947: Drag Ball Planned for the Avodon Ballroom in DTLA

The site of the Avodon Ballroom at 843 S. Spring St., via Google Street View.  Aug. 14, 1947: A drag ball is planned for the Avodon Ballroom, 843 S. Spring St. Although the Sentinel didn’t follow up on the event, … Continue reading

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Aug. 12-13, 1907: Bucket of Blood Is a Den of Drunken Debauchery

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 12-13, 1907 Los Angeles Despite the name Bismarck Cafe, police call the saloon at Main and Winston Streets the Bucket of Blood because it’s a continual source of crime and violence. … Continue reading

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July 30, 1947: Peaches Strange at the Follies Burlesque

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. She was born Mildred Strange in Oklahoma in 1910. Raised by her uncle, a Methodist minister, she taught Sunday school in Shawnee, east of Oklahoma City. … Continue reading

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