Category Archives: Food and Drink

Sept. 9, 1947: Roundup of the News — Put Salt in Coffee?

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In New Delhi, unimaginable carnage. “I counted the bodies of at least 30 Moslems, men, women and children, who were chopped up like beef by bearded … Continue reading

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Sept. 6, 1947: Mexican Workers Essential as Americans Refuse Stoop Labor, Ranchers Testify

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Up from his 160-acre vegetable farm at San Juan Capistrano, veteran rancher H.L. Remmers informed the committee that he must “get Mexican workers” or “think about … Continue reading

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Aug. 31, 1907: The Year in Liquor — 20 Gallons of Beer for Every Man, Woman and Child in U.S.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 31, 1907 Los Angeles The ugly statistics should dishearten even the most ardent temperance worker. According to federal tax data for the last fiscal year, distillers produced 20 gallons of beer … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: First Black-Controlled Supermarket Opens

Central Avenue and 43rd Street, the site of the M and R Shopping Center, via Google Street View. Aug. 21, 1947: The Sentinel features the M and R Shopping Center, 4306 –4308 S. Central Ave. “This is the first super … 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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Aug. 3, 1907: Gasoline Stove Explodes, Destroys House

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 3, 1907 Los Angeles An enormous explosion shattered the night in the Dayton Heights neighborhood near what is now Virgil Avenue and Middlebury Street. “The shock of the explosion awakened people … Continue reading

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1947: The Year of Drinking Heavily

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. ARRESTS FOR INTOXICATION by calendar year 1937……….44,176 1938……….41,388 1939……….41,878 1940……….48,014 1941……….53,294 1942……….61,865 1943……….45,354 1944……….62,510 1945……….72,465 1946……….92,108 1947……….98,149 (a 222% increase over 1937) Felony Drunk Driving, 1947……………..365 … Continue reading

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1939: B-Girls Busy on Skid Row Despite Ban

B-GIRLS BUSY ON SKID ROW DESPITE BAN Equalization Board’s Orders, City Police and Exposes Fail to Curb Honky-Tonks Note: This is a post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Yesterday, Examiner reporters again visited the liquor establishments to … Continue reading

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July 5, 1907: Beer Is the Health Drink, Like ‘Liquid Bread’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 5, 1907 Los Angeles See here, you pesky temperance workers, beer is “liquid bread.” It’s good for you.

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June 22, 1907: She Wanted Sweetheart’s Picture — So He Gave Her a Wanted Poster

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 22, 1907 Los Angeles Let’s suppose for a moment that you are a handsome former Army sergeant who has served in the Philippines. Let’s further suppose that you get into a … Continue reading

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June 21, 1947: ‘The Drunkard,’ L.A.’s Favorite Melodrama

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In the summer of 1933, expecting nothing but a brief run and modest ticket sales, two theater people from Carmel, Preston Shobe and Galt Bell, hatched … Continue reading

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June 20, 1947: Dinner at Jacks at the Beach

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Good evening, Mr. Siegel. Welcome to Jacks at the Beach. I’ll be your waiter tonight. Would you like to start off with a drink? Here’s a … Continue reading

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June 19, 1907: Soothing Music Helps Cures Insanity, Doctor Says

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 19, 1907 Los Angeles What shall we do with the insane? Don’t give them drugs… give them music! (Well, some music). Dr. E.C. Dent of the hospital for women on Ward’s … Continue reading

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June 16, 1947: LAPD Officers Hidden in Bar Kill Watchman Stealing Liquor

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. This was a follow-up to Kim Cooper’s original post on Wanzy Patterson, an unfortunate watchman who was helping himself to liquor while guarding a bar. Two … Continue reading

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May 27, 1947: More Uses for Tomato Soup!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Here’s a little curio from the pre-Trader Joe’s era: More Uses Found for Good Old Tomato Soup BY MARIAN MANNERS Condensed cream of tomato soup has … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Racism on the Menu as Bullock’s Tea Room Refuses to Serve Blacks

The former Bullock’s downtown store at 7th and Hill Streets, via Google Street View. May 22, 1947: The campaign to integrate the tea room of Bullock’s downtown store apparently began with Edith Cotterell, who had an account at the department … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short Was Last Seen Alive at — Record Scratch

Wow. Sorry, Uproxx, this is totally wrong. Elizabeth Short was last seen alive at — before you say the Hotel Cecil —  she was last seen alive at the Biltmore.

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May 2, 1907: New Restaurant Inspector Strikes Fear in L.A.’s Dirty Kitchens

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nicholas “Nick” Schwegel (sometimes misspelled Schwegal), the city’s new restaurant inspector, issued a report to the Board of Health that left officials sick to their stomachs—so ill, in fact, that one board … Continue reading

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March 25, 1907: Young Bike Messengers a Key Part of L.A. Drug, Sex Trade

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Technology has changed, but people have not. Simply because they lived nearly a century ago doesn’t mean Angelenos were unable to indulge their vices, they simply procured them in a different manner. … Continue reading

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March 23, 1907: At L.A. Orphanage, a Page From Dickens

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. For some time, the teachers at the Casco Street School had been concerned about the pupils from the nearby Christian Orphanage. But finally the problems became too great to ignore. “One small … Continue reading

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