The downtown L.A. skyline in 1951, 1979 and 2014. Our image specialist Scott Harrison found the unpublished 1979 negative and decided to match it from the same spot: the top of City Hall. He added a photo from 1951 for comparison.

"Also of interest," he writes, “the 1951 photo was shot on 4 x 5 sheet film, the 1979 photo on 35 mm film and the current photo on an iPhone.”

Photos, from top: Ellis R. Bosworth / Associated Press, Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times, Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

For the last two years, Chris Demarest has wound across the country displaying the intimate portraits he creates of World War II veterans in their prime. Some of the subjects are famous, but most are not. They are the anonymous faces of war — men swept up from small towns or women working the home-front factories.
Photo: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

For the last two years, Chris Demarest has wound across the country displaying the intimate portraits he creates of World War II veterans in their prime. Some of the subjects are famous, but most are not. They are the anonymous faces of war — men swept up from small towns or women working the home-front factories.

Photo: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

California has broken a drought record this year, but it’s not the first time the state has been parched. Here’s a look at some drought photos from years past.

Top photo: An Edison worker surveys Catalina Island’s Thompson Reservoir on May 26, 177. Credit: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: A Hereford gazes over a hill toward the bleached bones of a steer on grazing land near Cima, Calif., on April 18, 1963. Credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

Thirty years ago tonight, Geraldine Ferraro made history by becoming the first woman ever to be a presidential or vice presidential nominee.
Photo: Associated Press

Thirty years ago tonight, Geraldine Ferraro made history by becoming the first woman ever to be a presidential or vice presidential nominee.

Photo: Associated Press

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died. 
During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.
Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died

During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.

Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

The skull of someone who may have died at Battle of Gettysburg could have ended up on someone’s mantle. 
An auction house in Pennsylvania was soliciting bids for what it described as a neat historical artifact: the skull of a Civil War veteran (authorities are trying to verify that claim). But, after threats of protests, the auction was called off. The remains will instead be donated to the federal museum at the Gettysburg battle site, where they will be put on display if their connection to the Civil War is verified.
Photo: Gettysburg National Military Park

The skull of someone who may have died at Battle of Gettysburg could have ended up on someone’s mantle

An auction house in Pennsylvania was soliciting bids for what it described as a neat historical artifact: the skull of a Civil War veteran (authorities are trying to verify that claim). But, after threats of protests, the auction was called off. The remains will instead be donated to the federal museum at the Gettysburg battle site, where they will be put on display if their connection to the Civil War is verified.

Photo: Gettysburg National Military Park

What is remarkable is that archaeological remains of the cabin were almost imperceptible.

Can Route 66 remain a tourist draw? The operator of the Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino is working to keep its culture alive.

Photos: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

In December, eighth-grade students in the Southern California city of Rialto were asked to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually occurred.
The assignment prompted widespread outcry and criticism from such groups as the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it “grotesque.”
At a packed emergency school board meeting Wednesday, officials again apologized. “From the bottom of my heart, I feel sorry for this whole thing happening,” the school district’s interim superintendent said. A district spokesperson declined to comment on whether the teachers involved faced any disciplinary action.
Photo: Attendees of Wednesday’s school board meeting, at which every seat was taken. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

In December, eighth-grade students in the Southern California city of Rialto were asked to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually occurred.

The assignment prompted widespread outcry and criticism from such groups as the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it “grotesque.”

At a packed emergency school board meeting Wednesday, officials again apologized. “From the bottom of my heart, I feel sorry for this whole thing happening,” the school district’s interim superintendent said. A district spokesperson declined to comment on whether the teachers involved faced any disciplinary action.

Photo: Attendees of Wednesday’s school board meeting, at which every seat was taken. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

I had to find a way to tell her she was not abandoned — she was rescued. She didn’t have to fear that no one wanted her.
This gourd was thought to contain the blood of France’s King Louis XVI. Turns out it probably doesn’t, according to a new DNA analysis.
Photo by Davide Pettener

This gourd was thought to contain the blood of France’s King Louis XVI. Turns out it probably doesn’t, according to a new DNA analysis.

Photo by Davide Pettener

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the pages of the L.A. Times shortly after her husband’s inauguration, courtesy of our history Tumblr.
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Eleanor Roosevelt, then the brand-new first lady, walked to church by herself, “shattering another precedent,” on March 12, 1933. This item was published in the L.A. Times the following day. (Her husband had just been sworn in earlier that month, on March 4.)

More from our archives: Here’s Mrs. Roosevelt five years later, during a tour of government relief activities in L.A., and back in L.A. for the 1960 Democratic National Convention in 1960.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the pages of the L.A. Times shortly after her husband’s inauguration, courtesy of our history Tumblr.

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Eleanor Roosevelt, then the brand-new first lady, walked to church by herself, “shattering another precedent,” on March 12, 1933. This item was published in the L.A. Times the following day. (Her husband had just been sworn in earlier that month, on March 4.)

More from our archives: Here’s Mrs. Roosevelt five years later, during a tour of government relief activities in L.A., and back in L.A. for the 1960 Democratic National Convention in 1960.

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This is a 36-million-dollar cup.
Photo: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

This is a 36-million-dollar cup.

Photo: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

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Here’s a look at downtown Culver City, circa 1920.
Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

At the time this photo was taken, Culver City was less than a decade old. This 1913 L.A. Times article on what was then only “as yet a ‘city on paper’” described it as “a promising urban center half way between downtown Los Angeles and the Venice oceanfront.”
Nathan Masters has more on Culver City’s history, including its self-proclaimed stint as “the Heart of Screenland,” at KCET.

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Here’s a look at downtown Culver City, circa 1920.

Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

At the time this photo was taken, Culver City was less than a decade old. This 1913 L.A. Times article on what was then only “as yet a ‘city on paper’” described it as “a promising urban center half way between downtown Los Angeles and the Venice oceanfront.”

Nathan Masters has more on Culver City’s history, including its self-proclaimed stint as “the Heart of Screenland,” at KCET.

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