Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
May 3, 1908
Look what I found! Another 100-year-old home, as shown on Google maps street view:
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According to The Times, the Los Angeles Investment Co. developed a portion of what was known as the College Tract. The development consisted of 80 acres divided into 450 lots. The Times gave the boundaries as Gramercy, 48th Street, Wilton Place and Arlington Avenue, which don't form a rectangle, unfortunately. Houses ranged from modest bungalows to large, two-story homes. Home buyers were given two years' use of adjoining lots, which the company left vacant, The Times said. The builders also created small, landscaped parks throughout the development.
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Above, gentlemen, save your marriage and get your hands in the dishpan! Below, 20 are arrested in an East L.A. gang fight ... Two bandits hold up a Beverly Hills jewelry store ... A 17-year-old mother reaching across the car seat to grab her fallen baby loses control of the car and kills her child in a spectacular crash ... and the Pirates win.
Above, a waitress from the Red Parrot Cafe is thrown from a speeding car at Sunset Boulevard and Spring Street ... Below, engineers are working on ways to prevent flood damage by the Los Angeles River. In addition to experiments in forest areas to learn more about debris from mountain watersheds, workmen at Soto Street are excavating the river bed and lining the channel with concrete ... The trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette resumes after a weekend break ... The court begins examining prospective jurors to determine if they can read and write and whether they know enough English to understand legal proceedings.
Quote of the Day: "For instance, a prospective juror is given the word 'larceny' and then requested to say which of the following terms has a like meaning: large opening, theft, Swedish and market."
Above, the daring "ladder thief" strikes at the Doheny residence on Chester Place (apparently named for Stanford student Chester Silent) ... Below, a fascinating tale of legal intrigue, tangled relationships and greed told in the story of a land baron's love child--and 3,000 acres in Santa Barbara County where oil was discovered ... Beulah Hawkins awakens after 85 days ... Six Navy destroyers arrive in San Pedro ... Mounted police pursue several cars after the drivers attempt to drive the Arrowhead road in San Bernardino that is restricted to horses ... Someone sabotages the streetcar tracks at 9th Street and Channing and nearly causes a bad accident ... And the Chamber of Commerce is asking for auto owners to loan their vehicles so visiting sailors can get a tour of Los Angeles.
March 31, 1966
Buzzie Bavasi, center, with Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax after they ended their holdouts on new contracts.
Here are the before and after shots from 1958.
Here's "Coop" in 1956.
Another shot from "Cordura," 1959.
Here's a still, probably taken in late 1960, from "The Naked Edge," Cooper's last film.
Above, Arnold Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' quartet for piano and strings receives its U.S. premiere. I once listened to a recording of a talk by Schoenberg and was surprised to hear him pronounce his name "Shane-berg" as in "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen." Below, Nazi teachers (the National Socialist Teachers Assn.) burn books, starting with "Three Times Austria" (Dreimal Oesterreich) by Kurt von Schuschnigg. This bonfire of 2,000 books was largely ceremonial, The Times said. The Nazis planned an even bigger fire for 30,000 volumes collected from libraries and universities to purge "objectionable literature" forced on the people.
Quote of the Day: " 'Books by Emil Ludwig, Stefan Zweig, Vicki Baum' and 'clerical monarchist literature' must disappear from German homes."