Category Archives: Transportation

Black L.A. 1947: Kiwanis Refuse to Give Lottery Winner a New Cadillac Because He’s Black

Note: This is an encore post from 2018 that is getting lots of interest on Reddit. This is a story that involves a $1 lottery ticket, a new Cadillac and an incredible amount of stupidity by members of an ostensibly … Continue reading

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Jan. 23, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘Money Well Spent’

Jan. 23, 1959: Matt Weinstock covers a speech by Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Ernest K. Lindley. “Foreign aid is the best money we spend to hold off communism,” Lindley said. The best way to get from Westwood to Burbank by … Continue reading

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Jan. 7, 1959: Matt Weinstock ‘News From Detroit’

A group of grimly playful fellows at SC who call themselves Asthmatics Anonymous advise that at a raw-lunged meeting in the basement which serves as headquarters they have regrouped as Asthmatics Militant. First move was to change the association’s motto … Continue reading

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Dec. 30, 1907: Old Soldiers of the Civil War, Held as Drunks, Get Free Run of Jail

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 30, 1907 Los Angeles James Sullivan, 64, was a prisoner of the Confederates held at Belle Isle, Libby and Andersonville, where he and war correspondent Albert D. Richardson escaped by tunneling … Continue reading

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Dec. 9, 1907: Black LAPD Officer Blames Firing on Racism, Rejoins Fire Department

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 9, 1907 Los Angeles Mayor Harper has restored E.J. Bowen to his old job in the Fire Department after the rookie police officer was fired for allegedly being a coward—a charge … Continue reading

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Dec. 3, 1907: Gunman Kills LAPD Officer; Dies in Slow Agony Awaiting the Gallows

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 3, 1907 Los Angeles Officer Patrick Lyons had been on the force for four months when he was shot in the head while trying to arrest two robbers a little after … Continue reading

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Dec. 2, 1907: Glendale Homes Built on Site of Glassell’s Vineyards

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 2, 1907 Los Angeles The Times real estate section features an apartment building at 2nd Street and Figueroa—no point in even going to look for it. But there’s also a large … Continue reading

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Nov. 21, 1907: Mother, 17, Throws Baby From Train to Hide ‘Shame’ From Family

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 21, 1907 Los Angeles The woman who threw her baby from an inbound train was arrested at her mother’s home at 12th Street and San Pedro after the girl’s nurse contacted … Continue reading

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Nov. 20, 1907: Police Capture Streetcar Bandits

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 20, 1907 Los Angeles Police battling the current crime wave say they have arrested two men who staged daring holdups on the Ascot Park and Eastlake streetcars, robbing the motormen and … Continue reading

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Nov. 16, 1907: Husband in Elaborate Disguise Shoots Estranged Wife on Streetcar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 16, 1907 Los Angeles Mrs. Amanda Cook (she is also identified as Jennie and Mary) came to Los Angeles from Boston in 1906 with two of her children in search of … Continue reading

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Nov. 15, 1981: Still Unsolved — Aspiring Screenwriter Killed in Hit-Run Staged to Look Like Rape

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Sue was 29, tall, blond and athletic with dimples every time she smiled—her big, clunky glasses the only thing that might betray a degree in … Continue reading

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Nov. 14, 1947: Frightening Food From the 1940s – M.J.B. Nightcap

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. 1. In the top of a double-boiler, combine 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and ¼ cup triple-strength M.J.B. coffee. Half-strength or triple-strength, the mellow … Continue reading

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A Bad Way With Horses

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 12, 1907 Los Angeles Half a block from his home at 1131 Westlake, John P. Shumway Jr. was badly injured when the carriage he was driving collided with the 11th Street … Continue reading

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Nov. 4, 1907: Final Crash Finishes Off Ford Runabout, but Driver Survives to Race Again

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 4, 1907 Los Angeles About a year ago, Eugene Rowe’s little runabout was smashed by a trolley. After some repairs, it won a trophy, but a month later, it was wrecked … Continue reading

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Nov. 2, 1907: Beautification Campaign Would Make a Garden Spot of the L.A. River

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 2, 1907 Los Angeles As part of a new city beautification campaign, Boyle Heights residents have suggested turning the Los Angeles River into a garden spot. The plan calls for “a … Continue reading

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Oct. 31, 1907: Streetcar Crash at Spring and 2nd Kills 1, Injures 7

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 31, 1907 Los Angeles John J. Mooney, 23, a Southern Pacific machinist who recently arrived from Butte, Mont., was aboard the West 2nd Street car on his way to be initiated … Continue reading

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October 1947: New DC-6 Catches Fire in Midair, Crashes 30 Seconds Short of Landing Field

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. America’s first postwar airliner, the DC-6, was given a royal debut in a ceremony March 28, 1947, at Douglas’ Santa Monica plant attended by 15,000 people, … Continue reading

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October 1947: Toyoda of Japan Sells First Postwar Sedan for $5,000

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. 1957—Toyota Motors announces plans to enter the U.S. market with a four-seat “midget car” ($1,000-$1,200) and a six-seat Toyopet Crown De Luxe ($2,200). The Land Cruiser … Continue reading

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Oct. 17, 1907: All-White USC Football Team Starts Race Riot Over Tackle by Black Player From Whittier

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 17, 1907 Los Angeles Mr. Woolin, left tackle of the USC team, took great exception to be tackled by one of the black players on the Whittier State team (one of … Continue reading

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