Los Angeles: Snapshots 1940

Los Angeles: Snapshots of the 1940s

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Los Angeles: Snapshots of the 1940s. Above photo: An aerial view of city hall in 1940.   Sunset Boulevard facing west from Palm Ave., circa July of 1940. (LAPL 00039538)   A man walks past the entrance to Schaber’s Cafeteria. Behind him is the May Diamond Co. “The Store of Happiness” at 618 S. Broadway. […]

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Drag Queens

Los Angeles Drag Queens – 1946

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The photo caption reads, “Franke Goode, 17, left; Francis J. Socwell, 18. A couple of ‘girls’ who landed behind bars.” Circa 1946. (LAPL 00079408)

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Vogue Bowl

Women’s Bowling Congress Tournament – Vogue Bowl – 1941

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A team of models participate in the 20-day Women’s Bowling Congress Tournament held at Vogue Bowl, once located on the corner of Grand and 9th Streets. The Vogue was a popular place for women keglers. Photo, circa 1941. Left to right: June Davis, Virginia Buchanan, Barbara Bitticks, Alice Gifford, Helen Cornelius, and Sharon Gormly. (LAPL: 00045252) […]

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7566 Club 7566 Melrose Ave 1941

Police raid – 7566 Club – Melrose Ave – 1941

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A police raid at the 7566 Club at 7566 Melrose Ave. in the wee hours of January 29, 1941. Apparently, the night club had a habit of selling alcohol after hours. According to the Los Angeles Times: “The arrests were made during the early morning hours by squads of more than 50 policemen led by Deputy Police Chief […]

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The Last Word African American couples Los Angeles Late 1940s

The Last Word – African American nightclub – 1940s

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Couples partying at a jazz club known as The Last Word in the 1940s (my guess). It’s address was 4206 S. Central Ave., close to the historic Dunbar Hotel. The building no longer stands.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer

Los Angeles County – people photos – 1940-1949

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A collection of photos taken of people from around Los Angeles County in the 1940s. Above photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officer, c. 1941.   Somewhere in Culver City, circa 1944.   Beverly Hills motorcyclists, c. 1940s.     Bridesmaids posing in front of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church on the corner of […]

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Police Raid 1941

Police Raid – Sunset Blvd Nighclubs – 1941

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On November 27, 1941, a Los Angeles police raid disrupted illegal drinking at the Club U’Gene (9131 Sunset Blvd.), the Cafe Society (8804 Sunset Blvd.), and Club Marcell (8730 Sunset Blvd) in the wee hours of the morning.  John Wayne was at the Club Marcell during the raid. However, customers weren’t the target. The police were after […]

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Lucas Kiddieland

Lucas Kiddieland – Beverly Park – 1945

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Lucas Kiddieland (also known as Beverly Park) in 1945, the year it opened. The land used to be part of an oil field at La Cienega and Beverly Blvd. until it was leased for development. The amusement park closed in 1974. Beverly Center now occupies the site.

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North American Aviation

North American Aviation – Workers – 1940s

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“Experimental staff” at the Inglewood North American Aviation, Inc., plant, conduct wind tunnel tests on a special built B-25 bomber model. Photo circa October 1942. (LOC)       A factory employee working on an airplane motor at the North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Inglewood, circa June of 1942.     A woman works on […]

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Los Angeles Dons

Los Angeles football photos – 1940s

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Above photo: Taken at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1946. Los Angeles Dons fullback Bus Mertes flubs a catch at the goal line against the Chicago Rockets. The game ended in a 17-17 tie. The Los Angeles Dons was the city’s first professional football team. It was organized in 1946, two weeks before the formation of its […]

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