Downtown Los Angeles 1930

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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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)   Cooking school in Monrovia, circa 1930. (Huntington Library)   Adolph Hamer’s grocery store at 4311 […]

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Glendale Flood of 1934

Glendale Flood of 1934

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The aftermath of the Glendale flood on January 1, 1934.   Photographer: Clarence Dizney Van Ness / LAPL 00110648

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Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library mural – 1930

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Dean Cornell (far left), and an assistant working on a mural for the Los Angeles Public Library from his Kensington Studio in London, circa 1930. Note the model with the basket on his head.

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Bee Careful Los Angeleno photos

Los Angeleno photos in the 1930s

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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. […]

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Prohibition violation

Los Angeles – Prohibition violation – 1931

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Prohibition violation A bootlegger named Elmer White was arrested by Los Angeles-based federal prohibition agents in 1931. While searching the car, the agents discovered that the speedometer and other dashboard panel dials didn’t work. A further search behind the fake instrument board revealed a secret compartment where they found 12 pints of whisky. (LAPL: 00036681)

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Academy Theatre art deco Inglewood

Academy Theatre – Inglewood – 1939

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The art deco Academy Theatre at 3141 West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood. Photo taken in 1939, the year it opened. Architect: Charles E. Lee. Photographer: Julius Shulman UCLA Archive

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1934 Gambling Raids

LAPD – gambling raids – 1934

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On January 28, 1934, LAPD captain Hunter (left) and Asst. Captain Contreras led surprise gambling raids on three private nightclubs: the Old Colony Club, 1731 North Alta Loma Drive; the Clover Club, 8477 Sunset Boulevard; and Club La Boheme, 8614 Sunset Boulevard. As part of their sting, four undercover cops worked as waiters inside each […]

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Brown Derby Wilshire Boulevard

Brown Derby – Wilshire Boulevard – 1930s

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Facing west on Wilshire Boulevard. The Brown Derby is in the distance. (LAPL)

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Murder Suicide

1936 Murder-Suicide on Lexington Ave

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Newsflash from the Past: Murder-Suicide on Lexington Ave WIFE SLAIN; MAN SUICIDE Ill War Veteran Beats and Stabs Mate to Death and Kills Self Los Angeles Times – March 21, 1936 – Although Cole Randle, 42-year-old World War veteran, before the death of his wife and himself early yesterday, wrote, “We love each other too much […]

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Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles Colosseum – 1931

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In November of 1931, the Florida ‘Gators came to Los Angeles to play the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Colosseum on Thanksgiving Day. The Bruins blanked the Gators 13-0.        

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