An exhibition on display at the SFO Museum transports you back to the days when airline travel was fun. Above you can see some of the amenities offered to passengers in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The “R.O.N.” you see on the toiletry bag isn’t someone’s name – it stands for “Remain Over Night,” which meant grooming kits back then and is the name of the current exhibition.
Photos courtesy of the SFO Museum.
Retro houses on the go
We’re not so sure about the stability of the top picture up there - it looks like the house is about to teeter off the side at any moment, but we’re not movers, who are we to judge?
Head over to Framework for the full story on 1966 house moving tactics.
Photos: Gene Hackley, Charles Crawford, Ray Graham, Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times
Creepy Vintage Halloween Photographs
These wonderfully creepy images of Halloween’s past come from the book, Haunted Air. The book features dozens of anonymous vintage Halloween photos dating between 1875 and 1955. The photos in the book come from the personal collection of Ossian Brown, a British musician and artist. Even more surprising is that the book’s introduction was written by David Lynch. It’s a shame that people rarely wear homemade costumes anymore because they truly are much creepier than a packaged costume from Walmart. It’s time to break out an old sheet and start designing.
Halloween used to be horrifying.
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While doing research for our cool new feature on heritage apples, we found this 100-year-old book—still the definitive resource for New England apple enthusiasts. It’s chock full of info and these gorgeous, gorgeous illustrations. We had to share! Especially after tracking down a physical copy in a small library tucked in a San Francisco warehouse.
An apple post a day keeps the Tumblr doctor away.
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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.
65 years ago today, then-Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten. This article (click to enlarge) on the bride’s fashion choices was part of our coverage in the paper the next day, November 21, 1947.
April 1, 1962: Following her arrival in Los Angeles, Janet Leigh tells a press conference of a black eye – her right eye – received when she was knocked unconscious in a bathroom fall in her New York hotel.
Photo credit: Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times
Nov. 14, 1952: Vehicles stalled on Jefferson Boulevard, near the Hughes Aircraft plant, after a fast-moving storm hit Los Angeles.
Dodgers’ spring training in Vero Beach, Fla.: The Dodgers trained in Vero Beach, Fla., from 1949 to 2008, when they moved spring training to Arizona. This photo gallery looks back at Dodger spring training — and all those stretching exercises.
[Updated, 9:20 p.m.: And here’s one of Tommy Lasorda with a hula loop, thanks to LAHistory.]
Photo: March 7, 1973: Willie Davis, left, and Steve Garvey use hula hoops during an exercise period at Dodgertown. Credit: Associated Press
Jan. 13, 1969: A sea of Volkswagen vehicles — mostly the famous Beetle model — sit at Terminal Island after unloading from a ship.
Photo credit: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times
July 19, 1965: Author Lawrence Lipton, chronicler of the beatnik scene, demonstrates his “robot,” Duhab (detector of undesirable hibitues). Lipton says robot ferrets out the undesirables – including censors, book-burners.
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times Archive at UCLA
Jan. 15, 1967: The Bell Rocket Air Men soar above the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during Super Bowl halftime show entitled “Super Sights and Sounds.”
The Rocket Belt demonstration lasted only about 20 seconds. The early Bell Rocket Belts only carried enough hydrogen peroxide propellant to soar up to 100 feet and travel 300 yards…
Photo credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times