Category Archives: Pages of History

From the Stacks: ‘Bookmen and Their Brothels’

    “Bookmen and Their Brothels: Recollections of Los Angeles in the 1930s” by Ward Ritchie recently showed up on EBay for too much money, so I borrowed a copy through interlibrary loan and spent a happy hour or so … Continue reading

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Bullet of Mystery – Part 5

In case you just tuned in, I’m posting a small case study of research I did with Caroline Comport on her grandfather Lionel Comport for her master’s thesis. Researching Los Angeles is a treasure hunt, and every time I dig … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions – Genealogy Research at the L.A. Public Library

Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Credit: Carolyn Kellogg/Los Angeles Times  While we are discussing family research in Bullet of Mystery, the Los Angeles Public Library will present a program on getting started in genealogical research. The free presentation will be … Continue reading

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Bullet of Mystery – Part 2

In case you just tuned in, I’m posting a small case study of research I did with Caroline Comport on her grandfather Lionel Comport for her master’s thesis. Researching Los Angeles is a treasure hunt, and every time I dig … Continue reading

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From the Stacks – ‘Portraits of Crime’ (1977)

    Two years after writing about  LAPD Det. Ector Garcia, I finally located a copy of his book, “Portraits of Crime,” which arrived in the mail from the U.K. while I was on vacation. No one will ever mistake … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Pickwick Book Shop Bookmarks!

    I noticed that L.A. Observed had an item on the reissue of “Los Angeles: A Guide to the City and Its Environs,” a book that is well worth having. The Daily Mirror HQ acquired its copy (formerly the … Continue reading

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Pages of History — ‘The Truth About Los Angeles’

    Thanks to the Huntington Library, I was able to obtain a photocopy of Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” one of hundreds of little pamphlets published by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. I was vaguely aware of these pamphlets but … Continue reading

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Pages of History — A. Victor Segno’s ‘How to Be Happy Tho’ Married’

    The library at the Daily Mirror HQ recently acquired the elusive work “How to Be Happy Tho’ Married” by our favorite charlatan and con man, A. Victor Segno. Although we have several of Segno’s works (“The Law of … Continue reading

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Pages of History – Morrow Mayo’s ‘Los Angeles’

    Morrow Mayo didn’t do terribly well in the first page of his chapter on the 1927  Marion Parker case (“Strange Interlude”) in “Los Angeles.” Let’s see if the next page is any better. We find that once again, … Continue reading

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Pages of History — Morrow Mayo’s ‘Los Angeles’

        Any day I can do research is a good day – even if I run into trouble, as I did on Tuesday. I stopped by the Los Angeles Public Library to delve into the microfilm on … Continue reading

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Pages of History — Morrow Mayo and ‘Los Angeles’

    Imagine how pleased I was to discover that by complete coincidence (and I do mean complete coincidence) Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is planning a yearlong project called Reading L.A. that will begin with the same book I … Continue reading

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Pages of History

Los Angeles Times file photo Clarence Darrow addresses the jury in one of his two trials on charges of trying to bribe jurors in the McNamara brothers’ case.   For the last week, I have been reading the transcripts of … Continue reading

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Pages of History

  “Los Angeles – The Chemically Pure” by Willard Huntington Wright/S.S. Van Dine in the March 1913 issue of “The Smart Set” is frequently cited, but almost never quoted. I tracked down the article (which also appears in “The Smart … Continue reading

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  Notice how steep Bunker Hill used to be! I stumbled across a copy of “Los Angeles: A Guide Book,” produced for the 1907 National Education Assn. convention, listed on EBay for $9.99 and remembered that I had seen a … Continue reading

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