Celebrity Portraits

William Haines – photos and quotes

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William Haines

“It was the night of the Titanic all over again, with women grabbing the wrong children and Louis B. Mayer singing ‘Nearer My God to Thee.’” — William Haines talking about the arrival of talking pictures.   If you don’t recognize the Ambassador Hotel offhand, it is the French room redecorated to resemble a Parisian […]

Los(t) Angeles

Los(t) Angeles: Selig Jungle-Zoo

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Selig Zoo

The Selig Jungle-Zoo evolved from one of Los Angeles’ first motion picture studios.     In 1909,  film pioneer William Nicholas Selig relocated his motion picture company, the Selig Polyscope Film Company, from Chicago to Southern California. He chose a property in Edendale, California, just outside of Los Angeles. By this time, the film pioneer had […]

Iconic Locales

Long Beach photos

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Long Beach

This turn of the 20th Century postcard is confusing because it claims that Long Beach, California, had the longest beach on the Pacific Coast. However, Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State is considered the longest beach in the United States (some say the world, though this claim is disputed). If that isn’t confusing enough, several […]