The original caption in the Dec. 2, 1955, Los Angeles Times reported:
KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 15 -- This may be a toughie. Because these are pretty lionesses. They've been here since 1910. And never bitten anyone. Rather remotely, the last letter of the alphabet is involved. Answer on Page 32, Part ll.
ANSWER: The photo is of one of the ornate arches that formed the entrances to the old Selig Zoo, adjacent to Lincoln Park. Here, many early-day movies were made. Then, it was a regular zoo. And, at present, an inactive amusement park. But, nevertheless, down through the years and despite fallen plaster, it remains one of the most impressive entrances in town.
Movie pioneer William Selig opened his zoo in 1915. The entrance featured 15 concrete lions and elephants. But by the mid-1920s, the zoo closed.
Several of the concrete lions are now on display at the Los Angeles Zoo.