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From the Archives: Water-filled car bumpers

An unusual vehicle safety feature — bumpers filled with water — appeared in the late 1960s. One version was demonstrated at a 1967 Van Nuys news conference. The caption for two photos that appeared in the Sept. 13, 1967, Los Angeles Times reported: Bumpers filled with water were demonstrated Tuesday...

  • From the Archives: 'Snakes alive': Annual rattlesnake roundup culls hundreds of rattlers

    From the Archives: 'Snakes alive': Annual rattlesnake roundup culls hundreds of rattlers

    These three images by staff photographer Bill Varie appeared in the April 15, 1979, Los Angeles Times. The extended caption reported: Jaycees in Big Spring, Texas, paid citizens $2.75 a pound for rattlesnakes during the annual March roundup to rid the area of snakes. Just coming out of hibernation,...

  • From the Archives: Jackie Gleason's $80,000 train ride

    From the Archives: Jackie Gleason's $80,000 train ride

    For a public relations stunt, Gleason made a 4,337-mile, 10-city train trip from Los Angeles to New York on "The Great Gleason Express." The rail excursion promoted the new TV show, "Jackie Gleason's American Scene Magazine." The Los Angeles Times reported: "Comic Jackie Gleason, who reportedly...

  • From the Archives: Japanese sub at UCLA-USC football game

    From the Archives: Japanese sub at UCLA-USC football game

    A captured Japanese midget submarine was paraded around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during USC-UCLA football game Dec. 12, 1942. The sub, Ha-19, was one of five Japanese midget submarines that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, Ha-19 ran aground on a reef outside...

  • From the Archives: Hands Across America

    From the Archives: Hands Across America

    On May 25, 1986, over 5 million Americans joined hands for the 15-minute event Hands Across America. Organizers hoped to raise millions of dollars to fight hunger, homelessness and poverty. Staff writer Peter King reported in the May 26, 1986, Los Angeles Times: Millions of Americans — celebrities...

  • From the Archives: Eight protesters of Vietnam War arrested

    From the Archives: Eight protesters of Vietnam War arrested

    This photo by Steve Fontanini appeared on page two of the Nov. 6, 1966, Los Angeles Times. A short story explained the arrests: Eight young anti-war pickets were arrested by military police Saturday for blocking the main gate of the California Air National Guard Base in Van Nuys. Earlier about...

  • From the Archives: Los Angeles Times billboards from the 1930s and '40s

    From the Archives: Los Angeles Times billboards from the 1930s and '40s

    Here’s a collection of billboards featuring Los Angeles Times advertisements from the 1930s and ’40s. See more from the Los Angeles Times archives here

  • From the Archives: 10th Cavalry rides again

    From the Archives: 10th Cavalry rides again

    The horsemen were training for roles in an independent movie about the segregated 10th U.S. Cavalry of the late 1800s. Actors Bryan King and Woody Strode worked to turn city boys into horsemen using the same training regiment used by the 10th Cavalry. A story in the June 13, 1966, Los Angeles Times...

  • From the Archives: The Los Angeles Times 'Santa Claus Expeditions'

    From the Archives: The Los Angeles Times 'Santa Claus Expeditions'

    In the 1920s and '30s, The Times sponsored several Santa Claus arrival promotions. The 1938 and 1939 "Santa Claus Expeditions" were classics. Each year, The Times “dispatched” a correspondent and photographer to travel on a United Airlines aircraft to the North Pole. The twist — each year Santa...

  • From the Archives: Annual ritual of gathering acorns

    From the Archives: Annual ritual of gathering acorns

    Each fall, members of the Mi-Wuk Indian tribe gather an essential food — acorns. Photographer John Malmin and writer Charles Hillinger visited Eve Hendricks during the annual acorn harvest. Hillinger reported in the Oct. 7, 1969, edition of the Los Angeles Times: TUOLUMNE — Eve Hendricks walked...

  • From the Archives: Caltech 1979 Senior Ditch Day

    From the Archives: Caltech 1979 Senior Ditch Day

    One day each spring, Caltech seniors skip classes and vanish. Before leaving, the seniors secure their dorm rooms to keep underclassmen out. Science writer George Alexander explained Ditch Day in the May 19, 1979, Los Angeles Times: Chris Lee stumped his fellow students with a musical lock and...

  • From the Archives: Turkey prizes at 1932 shooting contests

    From the Archives: Turkey prizes at 1932 shooting contests

    Turkeys were given away as prizes at 1932 shooting contests sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department Revolver Club. These two photos — with ready-to-pluck turkeys — were taken to promote the events. The left photo of Betty Carrillo accompanied a story in the Dec. 17, 1932, Los Angeles Times...

  • From the Archives: Turkey time

    From the Archives: Turkey time

    Yes, it’s time for giving thanks, gathering with friends and family, watching football and enjoying a turkey dinner. It’s also time for a collection of turkey photos from the Los Angeles Times Archive. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! -- Scott Harrison An earlier version of this article was published...

  • From the Archives: Chef Wyman's suggestions for 1928 Thanksgiving dinner

    From the Archives: Chef Wyman's suggestions for 1928 Thanksgiving dinner

    During the 1920s, the Los Angeles Times published a popular cooking column by chef A. L. Wyman. When he died in 1926, his wife, Mabelle Wyman, took over the column. In the Nov. 27, 1928, Los Angeles Times, she suggested several recipes for a successful Thanksgiving dinner. But first, she listed...

  • From the Archives: 1952 flooding in Artesia

    From the Archives: 1952 flooding in Artesia

    By mid-January 1952, Southern California had received 12 inches of rain — twice its normal total. Then a new storm added four inches. The Jan. 19, 1952, Los Angeles Times reported: ...Scene of the most serious and extensive rescue work was Artesia. Approximately 4,000 persons were threatened in...

  • From the Archives: Cree folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie gets Native Americans hired for 'The Virginian'

    From the Archives: Cree folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie gets Native Americans hired for 'The Virginian'

    When popular folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie accepted a lead role in one episode of “The Virginian,” she demanded that additional Native Americans be hired. Times staff writer Hal Humphrey explained in the April 25, 1968, Los Angeles Times: Buffy Sainte-Marie, the folk singer and a sprig of a girl,...

  • From the Archives: Klansmen heckled at 1979 border rally

    From the Archives: Klansmen heckled at 1979 border rally

    On Independence Day 1979, the California Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held an anti-immigration rally at a park in San Diego next to the U.S.-Mexico border. Staff writer Ed Sylvester reported in the July 5, 1979, Los Angeles Times: The picnickers sunning themselves and munching hot dogs hardly looked...

  • From the Archives: Rockwell job fair

    From the Archives: Rockwell job fair

    On June 30, 1977, President Carter canceled the B-1A Lancer bomber, leading to thousands of layoffs at Rockwell International and its subcontractors. To help former employees, Rockwell held a series of job fairs. Staff writer John Hollen reported in the Sept. 21, 1977, Los Angeles Times: Rockwell...

  • From the Archives: When Veterans Day was Armistice Day

    From the Archives: When Veterans Day was Armistice Day

    On Nov. 11, 1918, a special edition of the Los Angeles Times proclaimed on page one: PEACE World War Ends as Germany Signs Armistice! [Extraordinary Service Bulletins by the Associated Press.] WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, (Monday)---The world war will end this morning at 6 o'Clock, Washington time, 11...

  • From the Archives: Veteran loves his cigars

    From the Archives: Veteran loves his cigars

    Martin De Young, 100, a resident of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, says he cut down to three cigars a day, one after each meal. Los Angeles Times columnist Charles Hillinger took the portrait of De Young, then wrote in a Nov. 25, 1988, column: YOUNTVILLE, Calif. – The two World...

  • From the Archives: Three wars, three veterans

    From the Archives: Three wars, three veterans

    World War II veteran Emmet Burke, 72, from left, joins Korean War vet Charles Alderson, 52, and World War I vet Jack Coopersmith, 94, in a salute during a July 1986 protest against the sale of Veterans Administration land. This unpublished photo was taken during a series of protests against the...

  • From the Archives: World War II veteran cat turns 15

    From the Archives: World War II veteran cat turns 15

    After Pooli was born in 1944, her owner, James Lynch, took her aboard an attack transport vessel. Together they served in several battles in the Pacific Theater in World War II. This photo accompanied a profile of Pooli in the July 4, 1959, Los Angeles Times: A World War II veteran cat today celebrates...

  • From the Archives: Charles Richter

    From the Archives: Charles Richter

    In the 1930s, Charles Richter, in collaboration with fellow Caltech seismologist Beno Gutenberg, devised the Richter scale to measure earthquake intensity. As pointed out in Richter’s 1985, Los Angeles Times obituary: … Richter, who was so involved in his life's work that he kept a seismograph...

  • From the Archives: Locomotive wheels changed

    From the Archives: Locomotive wheels changed

    The original Jan. 27, 1936, Los Angeles Times caption reported on the wheel change: Passenger Engine No. 7856 of the Union Pacific rolled into the Los Angeles shops for a new set of tires. As simple as jacking up a flivver to put on the spare, workmen at the shops lifted the 200-ton locomotive...

  • From the Archives: Protection for Jerry West

    From the Archives: Protection for Jerry West

    After suffering a broken hand, Laker star Jerry West sat out the first month of the 1967-68 NBA season. For a Los Angeles Times story on the injured star, Jerry West posed wearing football helmet and pads, above left. Also found in the archives is an unpublished Laker handout photo of West with...

  • From the Archives: 'Monster Mash' was a monster hit

    From the Archives: 'Monster Mash' was a monster hit

    On the 25th anniversary of the release of the classic Halloween song "Monster Mash," creator Bobby Pickett posed for photographer Robert Gabriel. Times staff writer John Voland reported on the observance at the Hollywood Wax Museum: Let Bobby (Boris) Pickett – who parlayed a passable Boris Karloff...

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