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Roll On, Ugly River

Note: This is a post I originally wrote in 2006 for the 1907 project. Nov. 2, 1907: As part of a new city beautification campaign, Boyle Heights residents have suggested turning the Los Angeles River into a garden spot. The … Continue reading

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The Black Dahlia and Downtown L.A. at Night, 1946

Photo: Man with a slate in footage shot for “Down to Earth.” My friends over at the 1947project have found some process footage that was filmed about April 1946 for the Columbia feature “Down to Earth.” It’s unfortunate that they … Continue reading

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My pals at the 1947project are looking for several new writers as the site rolls over into its newest incarnation. I can tell you from my own experience with 47p that they’re a great bunch of folks (shout out to … Continue reading

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Found on EBay

  This is even better than the Pacific Electric detective badge: An envelope addressed to my old friend Victor Segno! Segno was an early 20th century mentalist who conned people into sending him $1 a month in exchange for a … Continue reading

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Health spa

Jan. 5, 1908 Los Angeles I love looking through the early 20th century issues of The Times. For one thing, they are only about 26 pages and the ads are amazing. Here’s a shout-out to Nathan Marsak of the 1947project. … Continue reading

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Ellroy on wheels

My friends at the 1947project have announced that demon dog James "I will never again publicly discuss the Black Dahlia murder or my mother’s death" Ellroy will be hosting a bus tour on Dec. 22. For a mere $60 you … Continue reading

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The rules of the game

Oct. 27, 1957 Here I am, giving away the punchline of a "Nancy" comic. My bad. Which reminds me of a game called "Five Card Nancy" that I learned about from Kim Cooper of 47p.   Five Card Nancy works … Continue reading

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John Fante update

Richard Schave, one of my friends from the 1947project, writes that Councilman Herb Wesson has become involved in the situation regarding the John Fante building at 826 S. Berendo, and is seeking a historical marker for the structure. Stay tuned…. … Continue reading

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