Category Archives: Found on EBay

Found on EBay: A. Victor Segno, L.A.’s Greatest Charlatan

A. Victor Segno is my favorite Los Angeles charlatan and I’ve written about him several times. His scam was to have people send money to him at his HQ in Echo Park and in return he would send out a … Continue reading

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Found on EBay: ‘What Actors Eat (When They Eat!)’

A copy of the Lymanhouse cookbook “What Actors Eat (When They Eat!)” by Kenneth Harlan and Rex Lease has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $79.88. This book, by the L.A.-based publishing house, features recipes by movie … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Fred Hartsook

Photo: Child in sailor suit by Hartsook studios, for sale on EBay. Bidding starts at $74.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Patience is a prerequisite for being a stills photographer, and it is also important for those … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Greg Bautzer

A photo of Greg Bautzer and Joan Crawford, listed on EBay for $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Handsome, charming, well spoken, Gregson “Greg” Bautzer was as dashing and popular as any successful Hollywood movie star.  Bautzer … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – A Perfect Villain

Photo: “Rasputin and the Empress,” with Gustav von Seyffertitz, center, with Ethel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, John Barrymore, Tad Alexander and Lionel Barrymore. Photo listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $9.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. One of … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Ruth Harriet Louise

Photo: Aileen Pringle, photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise, listed on EBay at $49.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Motion picture production jobs both on and off the set have mostly been held by men throughout history, and … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Norton Avenue and a Lesson in L.A. Geography Via EBay

An EBay vendor has listed a sign from South Norton Avenue with an asking price of $500, stating that: Elizabeth Short, the infamous Black Dahlia was found brutally murdered, severed in two, just down the street from where this sign … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights, Ernest Torrence

Photo: Ernest Torrence and Greta Nissen in “The Wanderer,” listed on EBay at $34.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Long remembered for playing both villainous and comic supporting roles in silent films, Ernest Torrence achieved big success … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Oviatt’s

Photo: An Oviatt clock, listed on EBay in 2010. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Thanks to the motion picture industry here in Los Angeles, fine haberdashers and designers have sold elegant, tailored clothing to the rich and … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – George Hurrell

Glenn Ford and Evelyn Keyes in a George Hurrell portrait for “The Desperadoes” listed on EBay at $149.95. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Recognized for his gorgeously lit, glamorous images of movie icons, photographer George Hurrell is … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Yamashiro

Photo: A postcard of the Bernheimer house, listed on EBay at $6. Note: This is an encore post from 2011. In Japanese, Yamashiro means castle on the hill. Standing in its original 1914 location, Yamashiro restaurant, the elegant dowager at … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — A. L. ‘Whitey’ Schafer Simplifies Portraits

“Thou Shalt Not,” “Whitey” Schafer’s most famous image. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. In the very early days of the motion picture industry, stills photographers meant nothing to the moving picture companies. They asked their feature cameramen … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Seriously, People? I Mean Really?

  This item is listed on EBay. I’m going to report it. EBay usually ignores me because anything goes on EBay. But even so I’ll give it a try.

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Follies Burlesque Dancer Scales Rosslyn Hotel!

A photographer for an unidentified men’s magazine from the 1950s (Argosy? Swank? Nugget?) took a dancer with the nom de strip “Dotty Pearce” up to the roof of the Rosslyn Hotel for some pictures. The article is part of a … Continue reading

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Your Move, Chess Fans: Scaccomatto Puzzle Chess Set for $6,500

I have been intrigued with the Scaccomatto chess set since I stumbled across an ad going through old newspapers. They almost never come on the market and when they do they are terribly expensive. A set was offered in 2016 … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Photos From Black Dahlia’s Scrapbook Sell on EBay for $7,611 in 2003

Back in 2003, a few photos from Elizabeth Short’s scrapbook were sold on EBay for $7,611.11 Perhaps they look familiar. I archived the page (it has vanished from EBay, of course) to keep anybody from claiming that they found them … Continue reading

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Follies Theater’s 1927 ‘Hot Mamma’ Show Led Court to Overturn Law on ‘Indecent Shows’

A EBay vendor posted this photo of a woman named Aline or Alene Carberry, and I could not resist unleashing the hounds of research. Bidding on the “Hot Mamma” photo is currently at $34.50.

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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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Nov. 6, 1907: An EBay Mystery

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 6, 1907 Los Angeles Here’s a real mystery, although a minor one, and like all real mysteries, it is incomplete and may have no solution. Exhibit 1: This postcard up for … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — A. L. “Whitey” Schafer Simplifies Portraits

“Thou Shalt Not,” “Whitey” Schafer’s most famous image. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. In the very early days of the motion picture industry, stills photographers meant nothing to the moving picture companies. They asked their feature cameramen … Continue reading

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