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Category: 1923

Voices: James Arness, 1923 – 2011

  June 18 1954, Them  

  March 8, 1955, Gunsmoke  

James Arness, from “Them!” to “Gunsmoke” and "How the West Was Won." Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg interviewed Arness (or tried to) in 1981 as he began working on “McClain’s Law.” Arness was thrifty with his comments – except when it came to the environment. 

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Found on EBay – Symphony Theater

  Symphony Theater, 1921  

  Symphony Theater, 1921  


Oct. 9, 1921, Never Weaken Oct. 8, 1921, Never Weaken

A photograph of what appears to be the opening of Harold Lloyd’s 1921 “Never Weaken” has been listed on EBay. The vendor erroneously says that the theater is the Mason Opera House, but The Times shows that the film premiered at the Symphony, at 6th Street and Broadway, and a few letters of the word “Symphony” are  visible  behind Lloyd’s picture.

I don’t encounter the Symphony Theater very often in the old clips. It opened Aug. 29, 1914, “on the east side of Broadway near Sixth,” The Times said.  The theater was apparently demolished in 1923.

Bidding on the photo starts at $9.99.

Death Toll Exceeds 100,000 in Japan's Holocaust, Sept. 3, 1923

  Sept. 3, 1923, Death Toll Exceeds 100,000  

  Sept. 3, 1923, Quake Map  

  Sept. 3, 1923, Japan Quake  

Sept. 3, 1923: This is the earliest map I’ve ever seen by our old friend Charles Owens, who later worked on Nuestro Pueblo with Joe Seewerker. I have been selective in posting stories because the images are quite difficult to read.

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All Tokio in Flames; Death Toll Staggering, Sept. 2, 1923

  Sept. 2, 1923, Japan Quake  

  Sept. 2, 1923, Japan Quake  

Sept. 2, 1923: Tokio is afire, many of the buildings of the city have collapsed, the water system is destroyed, the loss of life is heavy, all traffic has been suspended and the flames are spreading to surrounding towns, according to a message received here tonight by the Radio Corporation of America from the superintendent of the company's station at Tomioka regarding the great earthquakes of today.

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Upton Sinclair House for Sale

  Sept. 16, 1923, Upton Sinclair House  

  Upton Sinclair House  

Photo courtesy of Cecilia Farnum, Century 21



The Upton Sinclair House at 464 N. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia has been listed for sale at $1.5 million. The 1923 home was designed by Frederick H. Wallis for L.B. Vollmer (d. 1948), owner of the ‘Leven Oaks Hotel, 120 S. Myrtle Ave., in Monrovia. Vollmer had promised in 1911 to build the hotel if people bought lots in his subdivision.

Sinclair (d. 1968) bought the home in 1942 and was living there when he won the Pulitzer Prize for a novel in 1943 with “Dragon’s Teeth,” the third book in his Lanny Budd series. The Times clips shows that he moved out at various times for undisclosed “desert hideaways” but he apparently returned each time.
A year before he died, Sinclair left Monrovia for New Jersey to be closer to his son David, The Times said.

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