Tag Archives: City Hall

From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part V

This is the last in our series of posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps.” We have previously looked at the history of the film, the plot (convoluted), the reviews (mixed) the condition of this print … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part IV

  In the three previous posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps,” we took a brief look at the production history and the plot, the critical reaction (mostly mixed) and the curious condition of the print, … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘While the City Sleeps’ — Part I

It’s worth spending a bit more time on our recent mystery movie “While the City Sleeps” for several reasons. It’s not widely available and most copies seem to be missing large chunks of the film, making the complex narrative even … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Lindbergh Beacon on L.A. City Hall?

Joining us in our question,  blogger Militant Angeleno also asks “What happened to the Lindbergh Beacon on City Hall?” The Militant says: “Leaving the Lindbergh Beacon off during the holiday season makes Huell Howser’s angel cry.” Here’s video.

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Will Someone at City Hall Please Turn on the Lindbergh Beacon?

A not great photo by me showing the Lindbergh beacon in December 2006. I noticed several weeks ago that the Lindbergh beacon at City Hall hadn’t been turned on and I thought maybe I was being premature. But as of … Continue reading

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A Relic of the Past: Horse Flop Found in Downtown Los Angeles!

In the 21st century, one can still find horse flop on Spring Street near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. So much for the predictions of yesteryear,  in which we would be living in domed cities, get our power from … Continue reading

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Downtown Los Angeles: Broadway

This postcard, marked 1909, showing Broadway, looking north just below 4th Street, has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $8.95. And for comparison, here’s what it looks like on Google Street View. Let’s take a closer look.

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Rediscovering Los Angeles – The Old Livery Stable

This is the fourth in the Rediscovering Los Angeles series, from Nov. 25, 1935, by Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner. Horses did not disappear from the streets of Los Angeles for quite a while after the introduction … Continue reading

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L.A. French Benevolent Society Celebrates Founding in 1859

The entire Aug. 15, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star, scanned from a copy at the Huntington, is available from USC (in color) or the California Digital Newspaper Collection (black and white). Aug. 15, 1863: Another installment of the … Continue reading

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LAPD Spied on Mayor, Attorney General, Detective Says

Aug. 16, 1983: Former Times reporter Joel Sappell reports on allegations by Detective Michael J. Rothmiller that the LAPD’s Organized Crime Intelligence Division spied on Mayor Tom Bradley, then-Atty.Gen. John Van de Kamp, and other U.S., state, county and local … Continue reading

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Hundreds die as planes attack Chinese church, Angels lead league, August 9, 1938

    t left, Japanese planes bomb the Catholic cathedral in Canton, China … Superior Court Judge Fletcher Bowron is selected to be a candidate in the recall election against Mayor Frank Shaw, but Bowron hasn’t given his approval. In … Continue reading

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Giants win over Cubs, August 4, 1938

  The Giants beat the Cubs, 8-3 … Pittsburgh wins against Boston … Bronko Nagurski flattens Gus Sonnenberg in wrestling … beautifying downtown Los Angeles … and Mayor Frank Shaw dismisses the upcoming recall recall election. Imagine this: There was … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  Photograph by the Los Angeles Times This picture shows the later stages in the realignment of Spring Street. Demolition workers have sheared off the fronts of several buildings.   One of the most recognizable downtown landmarks–the Hall of Records … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  Moss Photographer, 315 W. Pico St. WE stmore 2301, Los Angeles, Cal. Unfortunately, The Times’ Spring Street photo file has nothing that shows the transition at 1st Street in the critical period of the 1900s to the 1920s. Suddenly, … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  C. C. Pierce Photographer, 1572 W. Pico, Los Angeles This photograph of Spring Street, looking south from Temple, is slightly later than the one in the previous entry and was taken about 1896.    Notice that our single-track, horse-drawn … Continue reading

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July 26, 1938

aul "the Porpoise" Chotteau collapses within 10 miles of his goal of swimming from Santa Barbara to Venice … A bomb in Haifa kills 50 people, wounds 58 others and touches off rioting … Kentucky Gov. A.B. "Happy" Chandler is … Continue reading

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July 13 1938

North Main Street, below, via Google maps’ street view. Where would you rather go for a walk, Main Street 1938 or Main Street 2008? he upcoming election on whether to recall Mayor Frank Shaw is one of the key moments … Continue reading

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July 9, 1938

Above, President Roosevelt, who will be arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles on July 16, 1938. I hope I can find some Times photos of his visit. r. Roy L. Smith, chairman of the Federation for Civic Betterment and … Continue reading

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July 2, 1938

ayor Frank Shaw congratulates hundreds of city employees on their retirement, notably 90-year-old Robert Carr, above. The Times says that Carr worked in the street maintenance division for more than 20 years, meaning that he would have started with the … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo

  Even allowing for artistic license, it’s difficult to see how Charles Owens could have City Hall looming in the background from our blacksmith shop on Garey Street. Below, a view from 1st Street and Garey via Google maps’ street … Continue reading

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