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What to See in L.A., 1924

December 1, 2010 |  1:47 am


  Sept. 7, 1924, Post Office  

I don’t post much on the 1920s (so many stories, only one Larry Harnisch) but I stumbled across this feature page when looking for something else and found several interesting pieces. The first is a long interview with Joseph M. Abrams, vice president and general manager of a tour bus line, who says the most popular sightseeing spots are: 

1) Mary Pickford's house

2) Rudolph Valentino's house

3) Charlie Chaplin's house

4) Gloria Swanson's house

5) Will Rogers' house

6) Pauline Frederick's house

7) Milton Sills' house

8) Jackie Coogan's house

9) Tommy Meighan's house

10) William Desmond's house

11) William S. Hart's house

12) Eugene O'Brien's house

13) Pola Negri's house

14) Lois Wilson's house

15) J. Warren Kerrigan's house

16) The house on Dayton Avenue where Jim Jeffries was born. [Note: The home was at Dayton and Cypress Avenues, presumably 535 Cypress, according to the 1909 city directory, available online from the Los Angeles Public Library. A subtle reminder to budget-slashing civic leaders who think librarians only reshelve books. And yes, Jeffries’ father was a minister.]  

“Most of the reservations for sightseeing trips about Los Angeles are made by the women. They constitute 80% of our patrons. Men want to go to the baseball game or to a prizefight or to the beach, where the bathing girls are. When they go to view the city they usually are hauled along by their wives,” Abrams says. 

Then there’s a piece on old and vanished buildings of Los Angeles and  the unusual home of “occultist” Ben Hansen  (no address, alas). It is built entirely of eucalyptus and decorated with Egyptian/Assyrian/Persian/Aztec symbols. With a couple of Buddhas  tastefully thrown in.


Jim Jeffries and the “Fight of the Century”

  Sept. 7, 1924, Features

Sept. 7, 1924, Features
  Sept. 7, 1924, Houses