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Extra! Tabloid photographs from the Los Angeles Herald Express (1936-1961), showing celebrities, fashion, tragedy, (early) CHiPs, and babes with guns. Via the Virtual Gallery at the LA Public Library, which has many other fine exhibits, such as California in the 20s, the 1932 Olympics, celebrity golf, and a wonderful collection from the golden age of travel posters.
posted by Gamblor (15 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, the golden age of travel series is spectacular. Check out the Pan Am Clipper at the end.
posted by mk1gti at 9:43 AM on July 28, 2006

I kind of liked the LA tabloid collection. Took me back a ways. When I was a kid, my dad would bring a copy home every evening. Terrific post, thanks
posted by donfactor at 9:49 AM on July 28, 2006

Nice find Gamblor! Great post.

That tragedy link, ouch!

The tabloid pics are attention grabbing in their bittersweet simplicity. Schmaltzy.

Oooh, the travel posters! Lovely!

The photo archive search engine is good there too. Los Angeles before 1900, Dwellings, Marilyn Monroe. Pasadena got 210 pages of old pics. Lots of goodies. Thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 9:52 AM on July 28, 2006

The tabloid pics are great. All those criminal ladies look so normal.
posted by fire&wings at 10:08 AM on July 28, 2006

God bless you for this, Gamblor! I love old L.A., and actually have been ot the L.A.P.L. travel poster exhibit downtown, but it's great to be able to browse all this online.
posted by jonson at 10:11 AM on July 28, 2006

Er, right, so, that first link? This was my immediate morbid interpretation of the sign:

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People joyfully wishing they had proper burial etiquette. With clever "parking" innuendo...
posted by Milkman Dan at 10:18 AM on July 28, 2006

Spectacular post. (The tabloid pics turn you into a wannabe pulp novelist in a heartbeat.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 10:26 AM on July 28, 2006

great find.
posted by the cuban at 2:07 PM on July 28, 2006

Nice find! There's a lot of gems in there.

I also thought it was amusing (in the tabloid section), what they used to do before photoshop: examples 1, 2, 3, 4.
posted by spacelux at 10:02 PM on July 28, 2006

Wow, L.A. actually looked like a fun place to live back then. You know, before the city slipped down the shit hole.
posted by frogan at 12:19 AM on July 29, 2006

Almost “life-sized shoes” of police officer John M. Yates, who kicked Herald-Express photographer Eddie Phillips in the groin after Phillips took photograph of camera shy officer. A witness stated that the shoes “were the largest thing [I] ever saw that didn't have a liver in it.”
posted by Enron Hubbard at 4:31 AM on July 29, 2006

previously discussed.
posted by crunchland at 6:17 AM on July 29, 2006

The Babe Ruth one is charming.
posted by of strange foe at 10:54 AM on July 29, 2006

These are great! Thanks for posting.
posted by davcoo at 5:49 PM on July 29, 2006

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