Category: Books

Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel book

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Images from ebay auction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mike-Mulligan-and-his-Steam-Shovel-VIRGINIA-LEE-BURTON-First-Edition-DJ-1939/321257294117?hash=item4acc6d4925:g:4FEAAMXQUmFSkBn6 .

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel was first published in 1939. The author and illustrator spent her early years in southern California. Learn about Burton at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Lee_Burton .

 

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Day of the Locust

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Image: By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8586459 .

“…West came to California late in the 1930s to write film scripts…[H]e was a connoisseur of disenchantment with American dreams, and what he found in Hollywood did not disappoint him. …The Day of the Locust (1939)…dealt with the hordes of people—especially those from the Midwest—who came to Southern California for breathy excitement but found that life was a numbing succession of perfect, empty, cloudless days.”

Excerpt from https://books.google.com/books?id=P33mmyhVD64C&pg=PA543&lpg=PA543&dq=1939+excitement+California&source=bl&ots=LzW0j-7QNd&sig=tl-Roh3bbjJwbtu1tR5ogd1w4kk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHuNfftMbXAhVJ12MKHZMHCAIQ6AEINDAF#v=onepage&q&f=false .

Fictional characters introduced in 1939

Some have endured such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Philip Marlowe and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Click on the links below to learn more:

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fictional_characters_introduced_in_1939 .

Zane Grey

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Best known for his novel Riders of the Purple Sage, his books sold in the tens of millions before and after his death in 1939. He also owned a home on Santa Catalina Island off the coast from Los Angeles as seen in this circa 1939 postcard.

“His greatest sustained success, wealth, and fame came after he [and his family] moved to Altadena, California, in 1918… By 1930 he was hailed as the most sought after writer in America.”

Excerpts and to learn more, see: http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/ark:/99166/w65d8wbs .