The murderous impact of light
The two photos above, both portraits of murder suspects, display the impact of the different placement of a single light source.
To the left is Arthur Clayton Hester, who eventually was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing his foster father. And to the right is Arthur Eggers, who was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife.
Read more on the photo’s history over at Framework.
Photos: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times
Most people who were alive on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, don’t remember much about Thursday the 21st — the day before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this week.
Above, you can see the front page of the Los Angeles Times that was delivered to people’s homes on Nov….
A peek into how an inconspicuous day can turn into one with grave historical implications.
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The 103rd anniversary of the Los Angeles Times bombing
At 1 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1910, a bombing attack on the Times HQ on Broadway and 1st Street killed 20 Times employees and injured about 100 more.
The explosives were set by two bothers, John J. and James B. McNamara, who were found guilty in 1911. Both were prominent labor activists, and members of the Iron Workers union.
The union had carried out a campaign of dynamite bombings in the past, but nowhere near the scale of that carried out against the Times, which at that time was owned by the strongly anti-labor Harrison Gray Otis.
Photos: Los Angeles Times History Center, C.C. Pierce collection / The Huntington Library
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Oct. 4, 1930: A game of “pushball” between University of Southern California freshman and sophomores; the latter were the victors. Evidently, the game was dangerous — a database search of Times pushball coverage turns up instances of injury and death. The game could also be played with horses. Photo: The New York Times
Who knew pushball even existed, let alone caused people’s deaths. Stay safe SoCal.
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How to announce your candidacy for public office
Step one, if you’re Ivy Baker Priest, the former U.S. treasurer: Wear a money hat made out of 100 silver certificates, seen above in 1965.
Priest eventually won her bid for California State Treasurer and served two terms as State Treasurer until her death in 1975.
The brave new world of…2013
You may not have a robot dog, techno-comforts or kids listening to “futura-rock.” But some of the predictions in this recently-rediscovered issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine largely hold true.
Predictions about the increased prevalence of telecommunication, smarter cars (though ours don’t look as funky as the ones seen above) and globalization all seem to be rather spot-on, considering they were made in 1988!
That said, there’s no way your morning starts out like this:
With a barely perceptible click, the Morrow house turns itself on, as it has every morning since the family had it retrofitted with the Smart House system of wiring five years ago…in the study, the family’s personalized home newspaper, featuring articles on the subjects that interest them…is being printed by laser-jet printer off the home computer – all while the family sleeps.
Photos: Los Angeles Times
July 20, 1949: Mickey Cohen, right, and Harry Cooper, a body guard provided by the California attorney general, leave the Continentale Cafe on Santa Monica Boulevard. An hour later, at 3:55 a.m., the two and two others in their group were shot outside Sherry’s Restaurant, on Sunset Boulevard.
The photo, by Clay Willcockson, led the next day’s paper.
From our Framework photo blog:
This was the second of three attempts on Cohen’s life. In the first, on Aug. 18, 1948, gunmen armed with shotguns killed Harry (Hooky) Rothman, a Cohen associate, at Cohen’s haberdashery on Sunset. Cohen was unhurt.
After avoiding jail for years, Cohen was convicted of tax evasion in 1951 and again in 1961. Cohen died at the age of 62 on July 26, 1976.
In 1950 – covered in a previous From the Archive post – Mickey Cohen’s home was bombed. Again, Cohen survived. …
After the 1949 shooting, The Times went all out in its coverage. Two pages were devoted to photos – many included in the above photo gallery.
On the lower right corner of the front page, The Times published an account of Cohen’s fears:
Wounded Gang Leader Admits He Is Scared
Mickey Cohen, wounded mob leader, gazed at the ceiling of his heavily guarded room in Queen of Angels Hospital last night and frankly admitted he is scared.
"I’m scared not only for myself, but for everyone around me — my wife, my friends, and even the law," he declared. "I don’t know what to expect next. I wish I did."
Asked what he will do when he is able to leave the hospital, Cohen said he has no plans.
"I don’t know what people want from me. Every time I’ve been shaken down lately I’ve had the feeling I was a ‘sitting duck.’
"It would have been so easy for someone in a car to drive by and move us all down.
"I hope I don’t come any closer to death than I did this morning."
Read more about L.A.’s underworld history in former Times writer Paul Lieberman’s 2008 series: L.A. Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad. A movie based on the series, “Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen, opens next Friday.
On Dec. 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, L.A. had its first blackout of World War II. This photo shows Times editors working by desk lamp — the only light they were allowed.
Here’s the front page of the paper that came out the following day. (You can zoom using the scroll bar at the top right of the page.)
Photo: Los Angeles Times
Our front page from Dec. 8, 1941.
In the lead story, the Associated Press reported:
Japan assaulted every main United States and British possession in the Central and Western Pacific and invaded Thailand today (Monday) in a hasty but evidently shrewdly-planned prosecution of a war began Sunday without warning.
Her formal declaration of war against both the United States and Britain came 2 hours and 55 minutes after Japanese planes spread death and terrific destruction in Honolulu and Pearl Harbor at 7:35 a.m. Hawaiian time (10:05 a.m., P.S.T.) Sunday.
Later on Dec. 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started his famous speech:
Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, Dec. 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Our Framework photography blog has photos from the day.
Today on the 71st anniversary of the bombing, the nation pauses to remember.
"The fact is that jazz is welcomed, not simply accepted, without reservation throughout the world. It is felt to be the most authentic example of American culture." —Dave Brubeck
This article appeared in The Times on May 31, 1960, about six months after the release of Brubeck’s Time Out album.
Happy birthday, Walt Disney. Here he is behind the camera when he was just 21. He was born 111 years ago today.
To commemorate the 110th anniversary of Disney’s birth last year, filmmaker Jon Favreau wrote a guest essay called “Walt Disney, the Maverick" for The Times; it’s well worth a read. And while we’re digging through our archives, here’s a neat old photo of Disney with some pirate works-in-progress before the Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened and more vintage Disney photos.
Prohibition ended 79 years ago today (Dec. 5, 1933) with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. This article, published in The Times the following day, noted, “It appeared that the crowds took the death of prohibition as a matter of course and drank in the usual way.”
131 years ago today, the Times published its first edition.
Click through for a larger image of the Dec. 4, 1881, front page and gallery of other notable Times A1s: http://graphics.latimes.com/latimes130/
It’s not only Winston Churchill’s birthday today, but Mark Twain’s as well. (Churchill was born in 1874, Twain in 1835.) This report on an event at which the latter introduced the former appeared in The Times on Dec. 14, 1900. Churchill wouldn’t become Britain’s prime minister for nearly four decades.