Author: charley2030

Manhattan Beach Pier

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Image: from https://www.ebay.com/itm/MANHATTAN-BEACH-BOULEVARD-AND-OCEAN-DRIVE-1939-CALIFORNIA-BLACK-WHITE-POSTER-/332465848417?hash=item4d68824061

Manhattan Beach Boulevard at Ocean Drive looking west toward the pier.

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Betty White TV debut

No 1939 image could be located.

“…her connection with television dates to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. She and her high school classmate sang songs from the light operetta ‘The Merry Widow.’ They were sweltering in a small studio on the sixth floor of the Packard building while the viewing audience gathered in the ground floor auto showroom.”

Excerpt from 2010 Los Angeles Times article: http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2010/06/betty-white-reflects-on-a-golden-career-.html .

“Even White has a hard time remembering the exact name of her debut show on screen back in 1939. However, there is one particular event she recounts as life-changing during a certain interview with Guinness Book of World Records. She was given the chance to dance on an experimental television show, based in downtown L.A. She wore her high school graduation dress and danced with the student body president (Harry Bennett) of their school: Beverly Hills High – to the tune of ‘Merry Widow Waltz.'”

Excerpt from http://moneyinc.com/things-you-didnt-know-about-betty-white/ .

Learn about 1930s television, including the Don Lee network in Los Angeles, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_television#United_States .

Carl’s Drive In

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Image: “Dick” Whittington Collection/USC Digital Library photo via https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2013/03/15/los-angeles-1939/#comments-block .

Location may be Flower Street at Figueroa in Los Angeles.

“I see that one car owner still has his 1938 plate (3C 17 70), perhaps dating the photo in early 1939. And there’s a 39 Arizona plate on the coupe three cars to the right of the carhop.

“It’s hard for me to ID the cars here too, but I see two 36 Ford sedans, one right by the building and one between the drive-in sign and the carhop; a 36 Ford coupe by the building, a light-colored 38 or 39 Ford coupe at the left by the building, a light-colored 39 Pontiac at lower left, a 37 or 38 Ford slantback 2-door in front of it, a 37 or 38 Chevy coupe two cars to the right, and a 39 Ford convertible with whitewalls clear to the right. Those are the only ID’s I have any confidence in.”

Excerpt: Comment from reader Pete Madsen on the Hemming’s post of this photo at the image link above.