Tag Archives: smog

Sept. 5, 1947: L.A. Turns 166, Becomes Third-Largest City in America

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Los Angeles mounted a festive reenactment of its founding, with people taking the roles of padres, soldiers and settlers. On the gaily decorated steps of City … Continue reading

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June 13, 1947: California Takes First Steps to Reduce Smog

A sample card from the Ringelmann Smoke Chart. Note: This is an encore post and originally appeared in 2005 on the 1947project. Shall we talk about noir? Let’s start with the skies over Los Angeles, which are so dirty that … Continue reading

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Dec. 21, 1957

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Dec. 10, 1957

 

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Dec. 2, 1957

   

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Nov. 12, 1957

 

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Smog and Sputnik

Oct. 10, 1957

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Oct. 9, 1957 People can be pretty wiseacre sometimes. Especially yesterday. All I was trying to do was conduct a "pulse of the public" poll on a very timely subject: Major League Baseball’s arrival in Los Angeles. Inasmuch as the … Continue reading

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Dodgers!

Oct. 9, 1957 Also note yet another discarded proposal to ease traffic: elevated bus lanes on freeways. 

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Smog

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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Flamed out

Here are some more fun pictures of backyard incinerators I found in The Times archives:   Photograph by John Malmin Los Angeles Times Fire Capt. Harry E. Hjorth inspects a backyard incinerator, Oct. 4, 1948. Times photo The original caption … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

June 28, 1957 Rehabilitation can come in curious ways. Let a man who occasionally checks in here tell his story of self-appraisal and reinstatement in society. One day he picked up a book, "Blood on the Boards," by William Campbell … Continue reading

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Smog alert

  June 27, 1957 Los Angeles Everybody knows that Los Angeles suffered terrible smog in the 1950s, but without statistics, all we have are stories and photos of toxic clouds obscuring the landscape. In fact, for the unfortunate people living … Continue reading

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John Fante file

Oct. 25, 1953Los Angeles    

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For sale on EBay

Here’s something fun: a can of smog from 1957 These were apparently sold in the Fun Shop at Farmers Market and produced by Carlton (or Carleton) Young’s Los Angeles Smog Corp.  Hal Tamblin was listed as a vice president, according … Continue reading

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