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Thieves take memorial plaque, Nuestro Pueblo, August 8, 1938

  Some things apparently do not change. Today, people steal copper wiring and manhole covers and sell them for scrap metal. In the 1930s, bronze plaques were apparently at risk.   The Fremont Gate to Elysian Park, 1549 N. Broadway, … 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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Nuestro Pueblo

  Below, Ducommun and Garey streets, the general area where this picture was drawn, via Google maps’ street view.   

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Spring Street revisited

  C.C. Pierce & Co. Photographers, Los Angeles, Cal. U.S.A. This picture was taken from Spring and 2nd streets about 1895, and shows the reverse angle of Spring and 1st, which we looked at yesterday.   One of the most … Continue reading

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Spring Street

Photograph by Munsey StudiosThe Hotel Ramona was on the southwest corner of Spring and 3rd streets (305 1/2 S. Spring) on the Ramona Block. It apparently went out of business in 1912, when its furnishings were auctioned off. By 1917 … Continue reading

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Olympics in L.A.?

July 12, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Los Angeles officially threw its hat into the Olympic rings for the 1964 Summer Games. Mayor Norris Poulson announced the bid after a meeting with the Southern California Committee for the Olympic … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo

Below, the 900 block of Yale Street via Google maps’ street view feature. Do you think they know there were oil wells there 70 years ago?

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Bad traffic, 1938

erhaps this isn’t the most sophisticated illustration of how traffic evolved from caveman days to the mid-20th century. But the panels do tell a story. Times reporter Ed Ainsworth describes the rise of cities in the Middle Ages, sort of … Continue reading

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June 12, 1938

he unidentified Times photographer who took this picture at Wilshire Boulevard and Alvarado Street in 1938  had no idea we would be dissecting it today. My best guess is that this is looking south on Alvarado rather than west on … Continue reading

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The streetcars

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times, 1911 seem to have antagonized some people by having the audacity to question the notion that Los Angeles’ streetcar system was anything less than a shining glory and by poking fun of the idea … Continue reading

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June 7, 1938

New Chinatown opens, 1938. Above and at right, a special feature of New Chinatown is a dragon salvaged from the old Times Building, presumably the one built at 1st Street and Broadway after the 1910 bombing. The metal dragon was … Continue reading

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Dodgers Dig In

May 27, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Walter O’Malley wanted it clearly understood he wasn’t going anywhere. "The players and our staff want to stay in Los Angeles. We like the location, the weather, the fans and the attendance … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 1882

 

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May 22, 1958

Above, a stripteuse brings a lawsuit alleging botched plastic surgery — on her neck. As if you can see her neck in this photo. At left, it’s divorce No. 2 for Jack Webb, this time from actress Dorothy Towne … … Continue reading

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May 22, 1938

  Above, a plan for the Santa Anita Motor Inn at 101 W. Huntington. Apparently, the final design of the tower was a little more Art Deco (see the postcard here). At left, a miner leads detectives to the body … Continue reading

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Japan attacks L.A.?

Feb. 26, 1942Los Angeles Above, suspicious Japanese Americans are rounded up after the great battle of Los Angeles. Yes, it was a false alarm that left parts of the city peppered with unexploded ordnance. A special thanks to my colleague … Continue reading

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Feb. 13, 1888

   

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Hippodrome

  Los Angeles Times file photo Here’s a photo of South Main at 4th Street looking north. The theater on the right is the Hippodrome and the title "Shifting Sands" on the marquee allows us to date the image to … Continue reading

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Chinese Massacre, 1871

Oct. 27, 1883 Today is the 136th anniversary of the Chinese Massacre. [Note: This article uses names for ethnic minorities that were common in the 19th century–lrh].

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