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From the Archives: Robber chased, caught

Delmar Watson, Los Angeles Mirror-News staff photographer, shot this image after getting caught in the middle of the jewelry story robbery and helping chase Hirschfield. The Mirror-News reported the incident in the Feb. 25, 1957 edition: Mirror-News Photographer Delmar Watson and Reporter Jack...

  • From the Archives: Truman Capote on the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

    From the Archives: Truman Capote on the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

    Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith reported in the Aug. 22, 1973, edition: Novelist Truman Capote has been in Hollywood playing (of all things) comedy sketches at CBS on the Sonny & Cher Show. ... Capote was called onstage to play the British admiral doing battle with the French. In his most...

  • From the Archives: pipes laying on beach

    From the Archives: pipes laying on beach

    Miles of beaches in Santa Monica Bay were closed by a state quarantine because of pollution. The city of Los Angeles was in the process of upgrading the Hyperion Plant to treat city sewage and lift the beach ban. This photo was published in the Feb. 26, 1947, Los Angeles Times with the following...

  • From the Archives; Halftime with Marilyn Monroe

    From the Archives; Halftime with Marilyn Monroe

    The defending champion Los Angeles Rams beat the Washington Redskins, 45-23, before 87,582 fans. Los Angeles Times staff writer Jack Geyer reported in the next morning's paper: There were a lot of fancy runs at the Coliseum last night where the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins clashed in...

  • From the Archives: Kenny Washington buys Rams ticket

    From the Archives: Kenny Washington buys Rams ticket

    Kenny Washington played in the Los Angeles Rams’ backfield before his retirement in 1948. The Aug. 26, 1949, National Football League preseason game against the Washington Redskins was sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. The Redskins won 34-28 with 64,000 in attendance at Memorial Coliseum. Baseball...

  • From the Archives: When Rhyolite, Nev., had seven residents

    From the Archives: When Rhyolite, Nev., had seven residents

    From the left in the above photo is “Gasoline” Billy Kleer, 84; the Rev. Herschel Heisler, 80; Frederica Heisler, in her 70s; Bessie Moffat, 88; Louise Morrison, 77, Mary Thompson, 70, the town youngster; and her husband Tommy Thompson, 82, playing accordion. This photo accompanied a Charles Hillinger...

  • From the Archives: Surfing with remote camera

    From the Archives: Surfing with remote camera

    Benson, then 25, had the perfect job for her love of surfing: She worked as a United Airlines stewardess on flights between California and Hawaii. Times staff photographer Joe Kennedy mounted a Nikon F camera body – with a 21-millimeter wide-angle lens – on the front of Benson's surfboard. He activated...

  • From the Archives: First Dodgers game in Los Angeles

    From the Archives: First Dodgers game in Los Angeles

    After ceremonies at City Hall and a parade down Broadway, the Dodgers played their first game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before 78,672 fans on April 18, 1958. The Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5. The Dodgers would play four seasons at the Coliseum. They won the 1959 World Series,...

  • From the Archives: Young violinist

    From the Archives: Young violinist

    Endre Balogh, a young prodigy, was first American child to receive the Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship. Balogh, age 9, was playing his violin during a portrait session with staff photographer Harry Chase when Binkie yawned. Of course that was the photo. Staff writer Julie Byrne reported in the March...

  • From the Archives: news conference at John Dean's home

    From the Archives: news conference at John Dean's home

    John Dean had served as White House counsel for President Nixon from July 1970 until he was fired on April 30, 1973. Dean later pleaded guilty to a single Watergate-related felony count. After his testimony for prosecutors helped with additional Watergate scandal convictions, Dean’s sentence was...

  • From the Archives: Fire backdraft

    From the Archives: Fire backdraft

    The firemen were unhurt in $30,000 blaze. Staff photographer Boris Yaro had prepared for this fire backdraft. Yaro writes: The history here is the smoke. About 8 months before I had seen the same type of smoke belching out of a window. When I went to make the photo, the cord from my flash unit...

  • From the Archives: 1938 Times billboard wins award

    From the Archives: 1938 Times billboard wins award

    A 1938 Los Angeles Times poster was selected among the best 100 ads in the nation at the ninth annual exhibition of Outdoor Advertising Art. The male model is holding the Oct. 12, 1937, edition of the Los Angeles Times. A story accompanying this image in the Dec. 19, 1938, Times reported: Selected...

  • From the Archives: Predawn landing for space shuttle Columbia

    From the Archives: Predawn landing for space shuttle Columbia

    On Jan. 18, 1986, the shuttle Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert after a Florida touchdown was canceled because of rain. This flight by Columbia carried then-Rep. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees NASA, into space. During his career,...

  • From the Archives: The end of the Lady Alexandra

    From the Archives: The end of the Lady Alexandra

    In February 1980, a series of storms pounded Southern California. During storm surge and waves on Feb. 19th, the Lady Alexandra, a floating restaurant in Redondo Beach, “developed a 45-degree list and was in danger of capsizing,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Large waves from storms a week...

  • From the Archives: Carthay Circle Theater

    From the Archives: Carthay Circle Theater

    The Carthay Circle, built in 1926, was one of Hollywood's leading theaters in the 1930s and '40s with many red-carpet movie openings including "Romeo and Juliet" (1936), "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and "Gone with the Wind" (1939). The photo above, by Los Angeles Times staff photographer...

  • From the Archives: Lunch atop Los Angeles City Hall

    From the Archives: Lunch atop Los Angeles City Hall

    This Paul Calvert photo appeared in the Aug. 17, 1950 Los Angeles Times. An earlier short story in the May 10, 1950, Los Angeles Times explained the City Hall project: Bids were called yesterday on the "highest" repair job ever planned in Los Angeles. It is the replacement of 50 tons of concrete...

  • From the Archives: Construction of Dodger Stadium

    From the Archives: Construction of Dodger Stadium

    During the ground-breaking for Dodger Stadium, several giant earthmovers plunged down a 200-foot slope, shoving tons of dirt ahead of them as spectators watched. Some people scooped up handfuls of dirt and packed it in souvenir cardboard boxes. Construction started in 1959 and ended in 1962, at...

  • From the Archives: 1957 studio shoot

    From the Archives: 1957 studio shoot

    In The Times’ photo studio, photographers set up lights for a group portrait to publicize an upcoming fashion show. Bruce Cox, left, had the studio photo assignment. In 1957, Times photographers were using 4-by-5-inch film for most of their work. The final result was an image that appeared in the...

  • From the Archives: Kar Press

    From the Archives: Kar Press

    Automobiles at a Lynwood wrecking yard are flattened for recycling in Japan, where materials are used in new cars. An article in the Jan. 26, 1972, Los Angeles Times explained: The first stage in a recycling process that converts wrecked American-made autos into shiny new imported cars is taking...

  • From the Archives: Journalists witness Nevada A-bomb tests

    From the Archives: Journalists witness Nevada A-bomb tests

    Established in 1951, the Nevada Test Site is located in southeastern Nye County about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. From 1951 until 1962, 100 above-ground nuclear tests were held at the facility. Over 900 underground tests were conducted until 1992. In the 1950s, journalists were invited by...

  • From the Archives: 1964 aluminized fire-protection suit

    From the Archives: 1964 aluminized fire-protection suit

    This photo by staff photographer Bruce Cox accompanied the following article in the June 25, 1964, Los Angeles Times: Test engineer John Hand stepped confidently into an inferno of blazing gasoline Wednesday, and then stepped out unscathed – almost. The aluminized fire protection suit which he...

  • From the Archives: Great leap for frogkind

    From the Archives: Great leap for frogkind

    The original caption reported, “Denny Matasci, holder of world frog-jumping record, cheers on his champion, E. Davey Croakett, in what clearly is a giant leap for frogkind. Sadly, Davey's jump fell short of victory.” Croakett won the 1976 competition with the then-world-record 20-f00t, 3-inch jump....

  • From the Archives: Inflatable Statue of Liberty

    From the Archives: Inflatable Statue of Liberty

    The Los Angeles Times runs the same basic Independence Day story every year — relax, celebrate and take in a good fireworks show. The July 4, 1986, story by staff writer Kai Ito began: Despite a massive anti-fireworks advertising campaign, lower temperatures than last year and a dramatic decrease...

  • From the Archives: Unfurling one giant American Flag

    From the Archives: Unfurling one giant American Flag

    The test unfurling was a success. Los Angeles Times staff writer Charles Hillinger reported in a short story: ORO GRANDE, Calif.–"It looks even bigger than I thought it would," declared Bob Older as the mammoth flag unfurled. Older, a 55-year-old rancher, wanted to do something special to celebrate...

  • From the Archives: Old Los Angeles Times cameras

    From the Archives: Old Los Angeles Times cameras

    At the top, on a wooden tripod, is a 70 millimeter high-speed motorized Hulcher camera used at sporting events. At the middle center is a circa 1940 Speed Graphic camera. To its right is a 1917 Graflex camera. The three cameras on the bottom, from left, are a 1940s-era Fairchild K-10 aerial camera...

  • From the Archives: 1924 Redondo Beach swimsuit competition

    From the Archives: 1924 Redondo Beach swimsuit competition

    This composite photo was published in the Aug. 11, 1924, Los Angeles Times. The print now is in two sections in the Los Angeles Times archives. I placed a gray bar between them. Three of the prize-winners at bottom of the composite are, from left, Chase McDonald, Marcella Arnold and Antoinette...

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