Category Archives: Transportation

July 19, 1907: Covina Celebrates Launch of Streetcar Service

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 19, 1907 Covina Lavish preparations are underway for an enormous, free picnic to celebrate the opening of a Pacific Electric streetcar line to Los Angeles. “Covina had long awaited the approach … Continue reading

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Hollywood on Wheels: Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ Heading for Auction

Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ is heading for auction by Gooding and Company, Aug. 24-25 at Pebble Beach. The car was on display at the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in Costa Mesa and later acquired by the Miles Collier Collections.

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July 7, 1947: 4,000 Bikers in ‘Gypsy Tour’ Wreak Havoc in Hollister

“Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?” “What’ve you got?”

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July 6, 1947: 1930 Duesenberg Convertible for Sale. Best Offer

Sigh.

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July 3, 1907: Head of Anti-Fakers League Says Gunfire Was Real

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 3, 1907 Los Angeles Robert T. Hall, head of the Los Angeles Anti-Fakers League (or Anti-Fakers Society), says shots were fired at him as he returned from an outing to a … Continue reading

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July 1, 1907: What Was the Gas Mileage of the Horseless Carriage?

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 1, 1907 Los Angeles If you ever wondered if the Locomobile or Pope-Hartford got great gas mileage, the answer is no, as shown in the results of the 185-mile Lakeside Endurance … Continue reading

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June 26, 1947: Helicopter Hovers Over Clipper Ship

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. An unknown press photographer in Long Beach captured them in a small fraction of a second, the old three-masted square-rigger and the brand-new helicopter: old and … Continue reading

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June 23, 1907: Auto Club Begins Posting Road Signs Along Future Route 66

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 23, 1907 Los Angeles The Auto Club of Southern California has begun posting white enamel signs with blue lettering along Foothill Boulevard between Los Angeles and Riverside. Spending about half a … Continue reading

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June 14, 1907: 3 Berkeley Students Walk Home to L.A. in 27 Days

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 14, 1907 Los Angeles Like many young men, Stuart, Sayre and Maynard decided to walk home from school—but it was a bit farther for these college friends because they were going … Continue reading

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1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

One of the joys of living in Southern California is the random opportunity to see gorgeous cars – new and vintage – in the wild. We saw this 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux a few blocks from the Daily Mirror … Continue reading

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June 8, 1947: Neighbors Organize to Block Workers for Trackless Trolleys

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Perhaps one of most the common and ingrained bits of wisdom about old Los Angeles is the vast conspiracy of bus companies and car dealers … Continue reading

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May 24, 1907: LAPD Motorcycle Officers Charge Driver and Passengers With Speeding

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. May 24, 1907 Los Angeles Otis Skinner, the actor starring in “The Duel” at the Mason Opera House,” is under arrest because of a curious regulation in which passengers of a speeding … Continue reading

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May 20, 1947: Madman Muntz Sells Cars at a Bargain

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.

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History Deals a Deadly Hand

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. May 12, 1907 We’ve been having fun all week with the Shriners, parading around in their costumes, engaging in peculiar rites and pondering silly questions like “What Makes the Wildcat Wild?” Then … Continue reading

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May 4-6, 1907: Barney Oldfield’s Green Dragon Blazes Through Los Angeles

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. What is it about Angelenos that as soon as you put them behind the wheel of a car, they want to see how fast it will go? But it’s true. Great-grandpa was, … Continue reading

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In Which a Ghostly Visitor Returns

Note: This post and the next were the finales of my crawl through 1907. Keep on reading because we will circle around with posts from 2006. March 15, 2007 Los Angeles “Well, dear boy, I suppose you thought you were … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Late-Night Streetcar Service Captures the Heartbeat of the City

Feb. 27, 1947: I missed this ad for Los Angeles Transit Lines in my previous pass through the Sentinel and I just had to run it. Militant Angeleno: This is for you!

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Feb. 11, 1907: Woman Fractures Skull Leaping From Streetcar That Passed Her Stop

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 11, 1907 Los Angeles   The Eastside gets a new Baptist Church and 2nd Street and St. Louis. Like Tom and Huck A large pond 7 feet deep at Normandie and … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Black Passenger Sues Greyhound After Driver Has Her Arrested for Not Giving Up Seat

  At left, a three-unit property at 3509 5th Ave., listed for sale in 1947 at $17,500. Above, the property sold for $600,000 in 2016, according to Zillow. Feb. 6, 1947: The Sentinel reports on a lawsuit filed by Alpha … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Black, Jewish Protesters Picket Disney’s ‘Song of the South’ at RKO Hillstreet

Above, the “trackless trolley,” which was powered by overhead cables but used tires rather than running on rails, is coming to Central Avenue. The trackless trolleys solved streetcars’ problems of maneuverability (passengers could board and disembark at the curb rather … Continue reading

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