1930s

Bizarre Tales: Turtle Racing Med Acquitted

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Turtle Racing in Los Angeles. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

TURTLE RACING MEN ACQUITTED Jury Disagrees on Guilt of Hollywood Promoter Sixteen Others, Including Tod Sloan, Freed Civic Federation Strikes at New “Option” Scheme LOS ANGELES TIMES – September 8, 1932 –Disagreeing as to the guilt of Douglas Hertz, turtle-race promoter, a jury in Municipal Judge Clarke’s court yesterday found sixteen other defendants, arrested at […]

1900s

Hollywood, CA, history in photos

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Hollywood in photos

As we all know, Hollywood is not a city. It is a neighborhood, perhaps the most famous one in the world. Here is a short history told through photos. Come back often because there is a lot to add.    The Six Mile House, named for its distance to Los Angeles, was a liquor/wine bar […]

1930s

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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Downtown Los Angeles 1930

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s Above photo: Downtown Los Angeles in 1930.   Howe’s “At the Sign of the Indian” Complete Motor Service, located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, circa 1930. Proprietor: Leon D. Howe. (Photo: LAPL 00057621)   The Umbrella Service Station, General Petroleum Gas, circa 1930, once located at 830 South La […]

1930s

Glendale Flood of 1934

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Glendale Flood of 1934

The aftermath of the Glendale flood on January 1, 1934.   Photographer: Clarence Dizney Van Ness / LAPL 00110648   Bones Unearthed in Glendale May Be Flood Victim’s Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1949 Deteriorated human bones were found yesterday in a yard at 827 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale police reported. Ralph Savatore told Officer […]

1930s

Los Angeleno photos in the 1930s

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Bee Careful Los Angeleno photos

Los Angelenos in the 1930s: Above: Taken at a bee farm in Alhambra, circa 1930. (LAPL 00066598)   The Los Angeles Fire Department football team in 1930. Photo taken around the time the team played the University of North Dakota. (LAPL 00055692)   Children posing for a studio portrait at the Angelus Studio, 1962 E. […]

1930s

Long Beach Earthquake Damage – 1933

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Long Beach earthquake 1933

A smashed DeSoto on Main Street in Compton caused by the Long Beach earthquake on March 10, 1933. The quake had a magnitude of 6.4. Over 100 people lost their lives in the disaster. Here are more photos taken in the quake’s aftermath. Damage on Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park.   The U.S. Navy arrives in Long […]

1930s

Westwood Marching and Chowder Club

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Westwood marching and chowder club

In 1938, Bing Crosby and other stars chartered the Westwood Marching and Chowder Club, a fraternal club affiliated with the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.   The Westwood Marching  and Chowder Club threw “gay 90s” vaudeville parties for its private membership. Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and vaudeville professionals joined by […]

1920s

Olvera Street – Photos

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Olvera Street

A woman sits at a sandstone water trough on the the north end of Olvera Street, circa 1930s. The trough dates back to 1897.   Olvera Street in 1925.   Street musicians on the porch of the Avila Adobe. (LAPL)       The El Paseo de Los Angeles, 1934. The La Golondrina Mexican Cafe […]