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Betty Bradley and her pet deer “Bennie” – 1927

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Photos of a teenager named Betty Bradley and her pet deer “Bennie” (sometimes spelled “Benny”) in 1927. Bennie was said to be the former pet of Mexican bandit Pancho Villa, and was given to Bradley as a gift when she visited Mexico with her parents. Villa had died in 1923. In 1926-27, Bennie and Betty appeared together on local radio station KHJ. […]

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Henderson Brothers – Cap Gun Quick Draws – 1957

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11-year-old Eric Henderson (left) and his 9-year-old brother, Lars, train their cap guns on a stewardess in this 1957 publicity photo. The San Fernando Valley boys, touted as the fastest cap gunslingers in the country, appeared on a television show, brandishing their new cap gun models. Following the broadcast, the brothers were challenged by other […]

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Douglas Arthur – Rolls Royce Beauty Salon – 1965

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In January 1965, Douglas Arthur, a 22-year-old motorcyclist turned hairstylist, came up with a novel idea. He decided to operate a Rolls Royce beauty salon in Los Angeles. Hoping to attract entertainers and wealthy Beverly Hills socialites on the go, he fitted the backseat with a curling iron, hair dryer, assorted brushes, and hairsprays. He then hired […]

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Beverly Shaw – Lesbian entertainer and nightclub owner

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Beverly Shaw (1909-1990) was a local singer who owned one of the first lesbian night clubs in the San Fernando Valley. It was called the Club Laurel and its address was 12319 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. The club existed from 1954 to 1968.   Shaw regularly performed at her club in a suit and bow tie. Prior to its opening, […]