Tag Archives: 1905

Sept. 11, 1947: Driver of Beer Wagon Gets Revenge on Streetcars

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Big Bill,” driver for Maier & Zobelein, blockaded a procession of cars on Spring Street yesterday afternoon because he was insulted and angry. He had driven … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hale’s Tours Offer Virtual Reality in 1906

George C. Hale in the Salt Lake City Herald, Oct. 20, 1905.   Technology changes often move with the speed of lightning, upending life as it moves hurly burly into a brave new world. The early 1900s saw many new-fangled … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Venice Miniature Railway, Tourist Attraction and Realty Estate Promotion

A postcard showing Venice’s miniature railway, courtesy of Mary Mallory. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles and environs were booming. Ballyhoo from groups like the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, railroads, the Automobile Club, realtors, and civic groups promoting Southern … Continue reading

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Main Street

Photograph by Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times Goodfellows (or Good Fellows, the restaurant used both names) Grotto, 341 S. Main St., shortly before it closed. Notice the old-fashioned "Family Entrance." Until it closed on New Year’s Eve in … Continue reading

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Greg Armento, history librarian at Cal State Long Beach, dropped me a note about early uses of "smog" in The Times. He noted that on March 29, 1914, The Times said: "[Kokomo Times:] The esteemed Weather Bureau has sprung a … Continue reading

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