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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: 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...

  • From the Archives: The Cabazon dinosaur builder

    From the Archives: The Cabazon dinosaur builder

    Claude K. Bell, a Knott's Berry Farm sculptor and portrait artist, opened the Wheel Inn cafe in 1958. To attract customers to the restaurant in Cabazon, he began building dinosaurs. Bell thought big. "The brontosaurus is just the beginning." he said, " I've got 62 acres alongside the freeway. In...

  • From the Archives: Girls' Dare Club

    From the Archives: Girls' Dare Club

    This photo was published as stand-alone warm weather art in the March 19, 1934, Los Angeles Times. Under the headline "If This is Spring, Come on Summer," the original caption reported: Harbingers of spring, now just two days away, swarmed over the Southland beaches yesterday in the form of adorning...

  • From the Archives: 1967 antiwar protest turns violent

    From the Archives: 1967 antiwar protest turns violent

    On June 23, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson arrived at Century City to deliver a speech at a Democratic Party fundraiser. Ten thousand anti-Vietnam War protesters also arrived. In a June 23, 1997, Los Angeles Times article, staff writer Kenneth Reich reported: The war at home over Vietnam had yet...

  • From the Archives: Door-to-door with Jane Fonda

    From the Archives: Door-to-door with Jane Fonda

    Crime was one of the issues, and while canvassing a neighborhood, Fonda found this woman unwilling to open all of her door. In a May 3, 1982, story, Times staff writer Robert W. Stewart reported: Fonda's name and face are recognized almost everywhere. Her personal and professional ties permeate...

  • From the Archives: 1968 protest against possible Star Trek cancellation

    From the Archives: 1968 protest against possible Star Trek cancellation

    After two seasons and low ratings, "Star Trek" was facing cancellation by NBC. Fans led a national campaign, including this Caltech protest, to save it. In the Jan. 8, 1968, Los Angeles Times, staff writer Jerry Ruhlow reported: Students at Caltech have found little time for demonstrations, protests...

  • From the Archives: Plane flown through building

    From the Archives: Plane flown through building

    The highlight of the National Air Circus is stunt pilot Cliff Winters' flight into a mock building, destroying the structure and his Fairchild PT-19 aircraft, then walking away from the wreckage. Under the headline "Air Circus Pilot Rams Into Building'" this photo ran with a short story in the...

  • From the Archives: There's Hope in Hollywood

    From the Archives: There's Hope in Hollywood

    While driving through Hollywood, staff photographer Boris Yaro spotted the truck carrying the Bob Hope bust westbound on Hollywood Blvd. "I think this photo was made from my car," Yaro later said. "Then I got caught up in traffic and never got closer to the truck." Yaro believes the image was taken...

  • From the Archives: Fake rocks used in window displays at fashion boutiques

    From the Archives: Fake rocks used in window displays at fashion boutiques

    In a March 24, 1980, Los Angeles Times story, staff writer Pamela Moreland reported that the $2-billion window display industry was divided into two schools: “the conservative-traditional and the radical shock.” To illustrate each, staff photographer Bob Chamberlin made images at Saks Fifth Avenue...

  • From the Archives: Cold War drill on Broadway

    From the Archives: Cold War drill on Broadway

    Los Angeles residents actively participated in World War II air-raid drills. But a 1952 Cold War air-raid drill had different results. A page one story in the Oct. 3, 1952, Los Angeles Times reported that: “Failure of air raid sirens and general public apathy would have cost Los Angeles city and...

  • From the Archives: Newly elected Governor Brown meets the press - 1974 and 2014

    From the Archives: Newly elected Governor Brown meets the press - 1974 and 2014

    In a close election, Brown defeated Republican Houston Flournoy by about 175,000 votes out of 6 million cast. In the Nov. 6, 1974, Los Angeles Times, political writer Richard Bergholz reported: California's governor-elect, 36-year-old Edmund G. Brown Jr., plunged into the business of governing...

  • From the Archives: Dodgers win 1959 pennant playoffs

    From the Archives: Dodgers win 1959 pennant playoffs

    Larry Sharkey's photo appeared on the Sep. 30, 1959, Los Angeles Times Sports section front page. The accompanying caption reported: Gil Hodges (upper right corner) crosses home plate with a pennant-winning grin after scoring from second on Carl Furillo’s hit in 12th inning. Downcast catcher Del...

  • From the Archives: Bulldozing a Southern mansion

    From the Archives: Bulldozing a Southern mansion

    A movie set of a Southern mansion is bulldozed at the former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot 2 in Culver City. The movie sets were removed after the land was sold for development. A 1970s urban myth stated that this movie set was Ashley Wilkes' homestead "Twelve Oaks" in "Gone With the Wind." Wrong. As...

  • From the Archives: Before Twitter, this 1943 billboard offered daily headlines

    From the Archives: Before Twitter, this 1943 billboard offered daily headlines

    As a wartime promotion, the Los Angeles Times designed an unusual method to disseminate the news: A billboard featured a generic front page of the Los Angeles Times, but the headline changed daily. A story in the Oct. 23, 1943, Los Angeles Times explained: These are days of big headlines. Big,...

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