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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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June 24, 1938




Dropcap_n_1938_nuestro uestro Pueblo is a new discovery for me, and a very happy one. The Times began the feature by writer Joe Seewerker and artist Charles Owens in June 1938, publishing installments Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The series ended in October 1939 after Seewerker and his young son, Joe Jr., were badly injured in a car accident. The last installment bids farewell with a jaunty "hasta la vista." The series was published as a book with an introduction by The Times' Lee Shippey.

And never mind the fallout from the Harry Raymond bombing, here's really important news: The two leads of "Gone With the Wind" have finally been cast, The Times says. The movie will star Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Norma Shearer as Scarlett O'Hara.

The Times says three supporting roles have been cast: Walter Connolly as Scarlett's father, Gerald; Maurice Murphy as Charles Hamilton, Scarlett's first husband; and Margaret Tallichet as Scarlett's sister Carreen.

Of course, we know GWTW didn't quite turn out this way.
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Folks who like Seewerker & Owens’ 38-39 Nuestro Pueblo will also probably dig the 47-part series Rediscovering Los Angeles, which ran from 35-6, authored by Timothy Turner and also illustrated by Owens. “…a series of sketches of Los Angeles landmarks and out-of-the-way places almost forgotten in the march of progress which is appearing each Monday in the Times. (Owens and Turner), who have an eye for romance in the commonplace, will report their discoveries each week.” They went anywhere and everywhere downtown (and nearby) that looked egregiously Victorian or Old West. Great reading and a great resource.

The old gas towers shown in the 1938 newspaper engraving next to the Amelia street school are a backdrop in the 1947 film and multiple Academy-Award winner, "The Best Years of Our Lives."

When Dana Andrews' demobilized bombadier character takes Teresa Wright [who plays the daughter of Frederick March, an Army sergeant] out to a cheap Italian place for lunch, the towers are clearly visible in the background of the parking lot.

After the lunch, in the same parking lot, the [unhappily married] Andrews character impulsively kisses Teresa Wright, which ignites a sub-plot about their forbidden romance.

It ends happily, quite a tear-jerker. One of my favorite films of all time!


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