Category Archives: Front Pages

Examiner, Mirror Fold; L.A. Becomes Two-Newspaper Town

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Jan. 5, 1962: A dark, painful day in the history of Los Angeles journalism. Virtually overnight, the city becomes a two-newspaper town. The evening Mirror ceases publication Jan. 5, merging with The … Continue reading

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Times Editorial Praises Japanese Evacuation

Feb. 21, 1942: The Times editorial page praises the Japanese evacuation while scolding the government for its slow response. I think this is my favorite quote: … it is important to remember in case any situations of the kind arise … Continue reading

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Hoaxer Fakes Obama Laughing Over Gingrich’s Primary Victory

The alleged Jan. 22, 2012, Washington Post Page 1 at left has been circulating on Facebook, and who knows where else, since Newt Gingrich took the South Carolina primary. It is, of course, a fake. As is obvious from the … Continue reading

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Examiner, Mirror Fold; L.A. Becomes Two-Newspaper Town

Jan. 5, 1962: A dark, painful day in the history of Los Angeles journalism. Virtually overnight, the city becomes a two-newspaper town. The evening Mirror ceases publication Jan. 5, merging with The Times, and the morning Examiner merges with the … Continue reading

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Coming Up on the Daily Mirror: Pearl Harbor

Dec. 8, 1941: Pearl Harbor is about a month away, so I thought it would be illuminating to focus on the days leading up to the U.S. entry into World War II. Hope you like it. Ready for the swing … Continue reading

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The Shrinking U.S. Newspaper: 1964 – 2011

Most people know that newspapers have reduced the size of their pages (or what we used to mean when we talked about “the web”) to save newsprint, but unless you have a lot of old papers lying around the house … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Los Angeles Examiner

The Aug. 1, 1936, edition of the Los Angeles Examiner has been listed on EBay. I thought it would be illuminating to compare it to the cover of The Times.  Both are eight-column pages, but The Times has crammed in … Continue reading

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Russia to Invade Austria: July 29, 1914

July 29, 1914: VIENNA– War was officially declared today by Austria-Hungary and offensive operations against Servia were begun. Austrian troops crossed the frontier, marching to Mitrovitza, the Servians being driven back.

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Russia to Invade Austria – July 29, 1914

July 29 1914: VIENNA– War was officially declared today by Austria-Hungary and offensive operations against Servia were begun. Austrian troops crossed the frontier, marching to Mitrovitza, the Servians being driven back.

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Fourth of July, 1961

Los Angeles Times For the Fourth of July, 1961, we have a group of eight-column pages. Weren’t those the days? Newspapers are much narrower now and only have six columns.The Times has one photo, eight stories, a two-column index and … Continue reading

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Yorty Elected Mayor!

             June 1, 1961: Sam Yorty defeats Norris Poulson in the mayor’s race. Poulson says one reason for his loss was the Memorial Day riot in Griffith Park in which a mob of African Americans … Continue reading

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Paul Coates and Matt Weinstock, April 15, 1961

       April 15, 1961: Matt Weinstock has two items on people who are crossing the country in walks for peace. One is a group that is walking from San Francisco to Moscow and the other is Miss Peace … Continue reading

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Elijah Muhammad Calls for Separate Black Nation

        April 14, 1961: "Elijah Muhammad, 63-year-old leader of the politico-religious cult known as the Muslims, today held his first press conference in 30 years and asked for a part of America to form his own country," … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 13, 1961

    April 13, 1961: An Anaheim man found some gold-colored flecks in the backyard and tested them for gold by putting them in a half-teaspoon of mercury that he heated over the stove, poisoning his family, Paul Coates says. “Spade … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 11, 1961

        April 11, 1961: Mayoral candidate Sam Yorty sues Mayor Norris Poulson for slander! Life is good (if you’re a newspaper)!  Al Capp interviews a stewardess for American Airlines – none of this flight attendant stuff in … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 7, 1961

               April 7, 1961: I came across a letter to the editor (on the jump) about Gov. Pat Brown’s grant of clemency for William Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker, which I overlooked (so many stories, … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 6, 1961

    April 6, 1961: Paul Coates has an update on Synanon, which was praised for the way it treated drug addiction. Later on, as many may remember, Synanon developed into a notorious cult.

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Spade Cooley Held in Wife’s Death

          Los Angeles Times file photo   April 4, 1961: Western music star Donnell “Spade” Cooley is accused of killing his estranged wife, Ella Mae,  in a jealous rage after listening to tape recordings of her … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, March 30, 1961

    March 30, 1961: I had a terrible time scanning Paul Coates’ column for today, which is on the jump but barely legible. The ones in April are better.

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Paul Coates, March 29, 1961

    March 29, 1961: A fellow gives  up his charitable pastime after going for a walk in Beverly Hills. Irving Iscoe used to carry a pocket full of pennies when he went for a walk and would feed a … Continue reading

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