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Found on EBay – Central Park


Someone recently asked me when “L.A.” became a common term for Los Angeles. I said I didn’t know and was reluctant to speculate because at the Daily Mirror, we don’t guess, we look things up. This postcard of Central Park (now Pershing Square) listed on EBay shows that “L.A.” was in use by 1907, far earlier than I expected.  Bidding on the postcard starts at $4.21.

Notice the lush landscaping of Central Park, a stark contrast to the current moonscape, which was intended to repel the homeless.
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