Out-of-Door Bowling Alleys

Out-of-Door Bowling Alleys – Sunset & Ivar – 1931

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Here is the Out-of-Door Bowling Alleys, once located on the corner of Ivar and Sunset. In 1931, it was advertised as the first silent, outdoor bowling alley in the United States.  Its proprietors were Arthur Weirich, C.W. Plenksharp, J.N. Combs and A.S. Scuck. Here’s what the Los Angeles Times had to say about their business: “The […]

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Long Beach earthquake 1933

Long Beach Earthquake Damage – 1933

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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 […]

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Westwood marching and chowder club

Westwood Marching and Chowder Club

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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 […]

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Los Angeles Summer Olympics

Los Angeles Summer Olympics – 1932

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The Hungarian Water Polo team at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 1932. The team won the gold medal, while Germany took the silver, and the United States received the bronze. The man on the far right is Olivér Halassy, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics as a swimmer. He had lost part of […]

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White Cane Law

White Cane Law – Los Angeles – 1935

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California’s White Cane Law unofficially launched in 1931 when the Braille Institute began dispersing free white canes with red tips to legally blind people. When motorists saw these canes, they were supposed to yield the right-of-way. Visually impaired pedestrians could then safely cross streets and thoroughfares. While a few California cities recognized the right-of-way policy, many state politicians questioned the effectiveness of the […]

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