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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1939 MGM picture “Tell No Tales,” with Melvyn Douglas, Louise Platt, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille, Florence George, Halliwell Hobbes, Zeffie Tilbury, Harlan Briggs, Sara Haden, Hobart Cavanagh, Oscar O’Shea, Theresa Harris, Jean Fenwick, Esther … Continue reading

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Dec. 24, 1907: Merry Christmas, Gen. Otis as Times Celebrates Record Year

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 24, 1907 Los Angeles Last-minute shopping, crowded post offices, trees decorated in hotel lobbies and toys given by Santa to the neediest children of the city; it was a Christmas season … Continue reading

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Dec. 12, 1907: The .45-Caliber Newspaper Ombudsman

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 12, 1907 Los Angeles via the Associated Press Goldfield, Nev.—J. Holtman Buck, editor of the Western Nevada Miner in Mina, Nev., shot Francis L. Burton to death during a fight over … Continue reading

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Nov. 29, 1946: Meet Margaret Dixon, Only Woman Managing Editor of a U.S. Daily Newspaper

One of the Daily Mirror’s themes is to highlight women’s history – not an easy task because women’s achievements were often poorly documented, and women who attained any sort of prominence were presented as curiosities. Like the Samuel Johnson quip … Continue reading

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From 1937: A Rape Victim’s ‘Night of Horror’

And here’s where we go down the research rabbit hole from the L.A. Sentinel, 1947: The California Venereal Disease Control Act of 1937. Which brings us to “California and Western Medicine,” July to December 1937.

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Aggie Underwood and Women City Editors on the Frontiers of Journalism

Underwood’s autobiography, “Newspaperwoman,” written with Foster Goss. It is full of colorful stories, but like all autobiographies it should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s probably a good time to bring a little clarity to the Aggie Underwood … Continue reading

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The Shrinking U.S. Newspaper, 1896 – 2014

  Here’s an issue of the San Francisco Call from 1896 compared to a recent page from the 2014 Los Angeles Times.

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The Shrinking American Newspaper, 1989 — 2014

I dug into some old boxes over the holidays and found this Business section cover from 1989, which I had used to wrap something. Here it is, compared to the Jan. 10, 2014, business cover. We all know that newspapers … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Editor Was Ahead of His Time

My latest column is about Paul Bryan Gray and his new book “A Clamor for Equality,” the biography of Francisco P. Ramirez, the youthful editor of El Clamor Público, the first entirely Spanish-language newspaper published in Los Angeles. The entire … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Editorial Cartoonist Edmund Waller ‘Ted’ Gale

An original drawing by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale has been listed on EBay. Waller was a longtime cartoonist who was an institution at The Times, but he quit in 1934 in a disagreement over its editorial policies and went to … Continue reading

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May 8, 1908

At first I thought this story was left over from April Fool’s Day. Then again, maybe not. Anybody else notice a key question that hasn’t been addressed? Below, meet hard-drinking Police Officer Clarence E. Logie, a colorful character in early … Continue reading

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–30– revisited

  Los Angeles Times file photo Jack Webb, William Conrad and James Bell in a scene from "–30–". Howard Decker, formerly of the Examiner, writes: Regarding Jack Webb’s film –30– you are right. Webb made a copy of the Examiner … Continue reading

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Countdown to Watts

  July 17, 1957 Los Angeles The painful comparison: "800 Negroes Lose Jobs"  and "Deep South Editors Here, See Race Tension Ending." And to make things even worse, the Southern editors were entirely well-meaning and sincere. The Mirror interviewed editors … Continue reading

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Newspaper wars

June 19, 1957 Los Angeles These numbers tell a story, but what is the story? According to the graphs, circulation for Hearst’s daily and Sunday Examiner began falling after World War II. The Times, according to these statistics, passed the … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

June 1, 1957A rewrite man assigned to vacation relief on the police beat was shown around the new police building the other day. As he entered a padded cell he was told to feel how soft the walls were. When … Continue reading

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Voices–Paul Weeks

May 4, 1957 Los Angeles Paul Weeks, formerly of the Mirror and The Times, says: The Los Angeles Mirror’s success was due primarily to J. Edward Murray’s  journalistic talent, his creativity, his forward-looking at important issues still not properly reported, … Continue reading

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