Monthly Archives: May 2011

Happy Memorial Day From The Sand Man

With many of us heading off to the beach this Memorial Day, I thought you would enjoy seeing what you might find if you could hop into a time machine and travel down to Long Beach some eighty years ago. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Magazine Art – Arts & Decoration July 1931

Arts & Decoration was always such a beautifully mounted magazine and here they score a home run with their July 1931 cover art, “The Wave,” by artist Stina Lencke.

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Jack Lives On! – An Original Jack Donovan “Stars” in L.A. Confidential

As anyone who has been following my recent posts on Jack Donovan knows, his amazing life intermingled both the worlds of architecture and the movies. Jack’s highly attuned sense of theatricality is readily apparent in his home designs, which were exuberant, … Continue reading

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Stars With Big Heads

Everyone knows movie stars have to have enormous egos, otherwise they couldn’t be movie stars, right? Well, here are a few stars with really big heads – papier-mache ones that is, part of a group of 14 Big-Headed stars sent … Continue reading

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The House(s) That Jack Built – Part VI – Conclusion

And now, at last, we conclude the story of Jack Donovan and The House(s) That Jack Built. This is Part VI. If you’d like to read the first parts just click on them here: Part I, Part II, Part III, … Continue reading

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The House(s) That Jack Built Part V

And now we continue with story of Jack Donovan and The House(s) That Jack Built. This is Part V. If you’d like to read the first parts just click on them here: Part I, Part II, and Part III and Part … Continue reading

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The House(s) That Jack Built Part IV

And now the continuation of the amazing story of Jack Donovan and The House(s) That Jack Built. This is Part IV. If you’d like to read the first parts just click on them here: Part I, Part II, and Part … Continue reading

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Hollywoodland is Here!

Over the last few years I have been amazed by the incredible and ever-growing collection of local/regional history books put out by Arcadia Publishing. This is a truly remarkable series of literally hundreds of titles that have brought forward tons … Continue reading

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Time Traveling This Weekend? Why Not Visit the Animals in Their Unnatural Habitats?

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Nellie Naysayer Wants to Rain on the Parade Again…

Our old (and I do mean old) friend Nellie Naysayer has been deceptively quiet lately with her bursitis and all, but after spying some recent postings about Hollywood’s famous Chateau Le Trianon Apartments having been built by Mary Pickford and Douglas … Continue reading

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