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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

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June 8, 1938


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As they did in 1907 (above), Shriners from across the country converge on Los Angeles from the North and the East. The guests of the Al Malaikah Lodge had a merry time, with marching bands and elaborate costumes.

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I suspect that we would have quite a different view today of the gag performed by the Islam Lodge of San Francisco. The lodge members' parade entry consisted of a truck carrying a small minaret. Every so often during the parade, at a "call to prayer," the lodge members would throw down prayer rugs and pray to "Mecca"

And yes, it is Page 1 news when a goat in Carlinville, Ill.,  drinks gasoline and explodes. Reminds me of the horse with the wooden leg that caught fire.
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June 8, 1908


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Above, vaudeville and movies at the Orpheum ... At left, an automobile and a streetcar collide at 9th Street and Flower.

Also note the Latin American Republican League--and that in 1908 this group included Spanish, French and Italians ...

"Although there are 5,000 Spanish American voters in the county, there is not a single Spanish American holding a county office and there are very few of them employed at the courthouse."
--Frank Dominguez, president of the Latin American Republican League.

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