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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 6

If you just tuned in, I’m digging into the 1957 photos of a wedding of two men in Philadelphia. The film was left at a photo shop and the manager refused to return the pictures, which were saved by a … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 5

This is the last interior shot accompanying the photos of the 1957 wedding of two men in Philadelphia. Let’s see if we can detect anything that may shed some light on our mystery guests. Previously: Part 1 | Part 2 … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 4

Here is another interior shot from the film showing the wedding of two men in 1957. This image, alas, doesn’t seem to have as much information. Let’s take a closer look. Previously: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 3

In case you just tuned in, I’m exploring a series of photos taken in 1957 of a wedding between two men. The photo shop refused to return the photos, which were saved by a store employee and sold on EBay … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted a few photos from 1957 showing a wedding between two unidentified men. Before we get to the event, let’s look at some of the decor to see if we can find any clues. Whoever snapped these pictures … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years

Can you identify any of these men? In 1957, film with these images was left to be developed at a photo shop at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia Gay News, the shop manager had … Continue reading

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January 1959: The LAPD’s Pandora Files

This was a fun post on Pandora’s (later Pandora’s Box), 8118 Sunset Blvd., that I completely forgot. The material is in the agenda packets of the Police Commission. The club was under the jurisdiction of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division Vice … 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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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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Oct. 23, 1947: Hollywood Fashion Designer, Partner Die Within Hours; Family Sues Over Estate of Men With ‘Strange Attachment’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. Robert and Joseph were close—even in death. They shared a home filled with antiques, bric-a-brac and paintings at 4329 Agnes Ave. in North Hollywood, as well … Continue reading

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Aug. 23, 1947: Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ Opens in L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Coronet Play Has ‘No Exit’ BY PHILIP K. SCHEUER Everyone is on his own at the Coronet Theatre, where Pelican Productions last night presented Jean-Paul Sartre’s … Continue reading

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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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Scotty Bowers’ Mountain of Lies — Not the Hill I Care to Die On

Scotty Bowers’ mountain of lies is not the hill I care to die on. But be assured that he has told a mountain of lies. Have you seen even one photograph of him with one of his alleged amours? Scotty … Continue reading

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July 21, 1907: What the President Is Reading

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 21, 1907 Los Angeles President Theodore Roosevelt suggests “reading of certain books of pure fiction that have the prime quality of being interesting.”

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Black L.A. 1947: 5 LAPD Officers Injured in 3 Fights

June 5, 1947: Christopher W. Bankhead, who was injured in a plane crash during World War II, dies of a heart “ailment” while cutting a customer’s hair at William McKinney’s barbershop, 4012 S. Central Ave. LAPD Officers S. Goldman and … Continue reading

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Dec. 4, 1911: Man Arrested for ‘Masquerading in Female Attire’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 4, 1911 Clarence Westfall, 22 years old, was taken into custody at San Pedro yesterday afternoon when a boat from San Diego docked. He was arrested for having masqueraded in female … Continue reading

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March 20, 1907: St. James Raises a Church — Burned in 1973 as Hate Crime Against Gays

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. The Methodist Episcopal congregation, formed from a merger of the Centennial and Central churches, planned a wonderful new building at 22nd Street and Union. Although the congregation studied the idea of a … Continue reading

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Finds ‘Husband’ Is Woman, 1909

In light of the Supreme Court ruling, here are some posts from the old Daily Mirror blog. Clerk Refuses to Marry Chinese Man to White Girl, July 11, 1899. Finds Husband Is a Woman, Nov. 15, 1909 Christine Jorgensen Tries … Continue reading

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 33

Waldo Lydecker, played by Clifton Webb in the film version of “Laura.”  In the novel, Waldo is considerably taller and much heavier. In case you just tuned in, I’m using Louella Parsons’ May 15, 1944, item on Rouben Mamoulian being … Continue reading

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The ‘Greatest Generation’ — What Causes ‘Sissies,’ May 8, 1944

May 8, 1944 Many factors contribute to the “sissification” of youth: White flour, not getting your teeth cleaned,  sugar, being a sports fan instead of a player, riding in a vehicle, smoking and drinking, and wearing too much clothing. From … Continue reading

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