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Brenda Allen waits for policewoman Audre Davis to appear at hearing arranged by Judge William McKay. Davis never showed up in court. Herald Examiner Collection, photo dated July 9, 1949

Seduction, Corruption, Deception, and Protection – The Black Widow and the Vice Queen (Part 2)

June 14, 2018

After Ann Forst, the Black Widow, was sentenced to serve time for pandering, one of her protégés, Brenda Allen (born Marie Mitchell and going under a number of aliases including Brenda Allen Burns, Marie Brooks, Marie Cash, Brenda Burris, and Marie Balanque) wasted no time in setting up her own p


Photograph caption dated May 27, 1983 reads, "Some of the 5,000 people who rallied at Westwood Federal Building in support of more AIDS research funds."

LGBTQIA Pride Month: A Time For Commemoration and Celebration

June 01, 2018

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month, a time to remember the challenges that the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) community has faced and to commemorate the contributions they have made.


Ann Forst testifies in court regarding collaboration with LAPD Vice Squad in photo dated August 5, 1940.

Seduction, Corruption, Deception, and Protection – The Black Widow and the Vice Queen (Part 1)

May 31, 2018

And now, a bit of real life noir compliments of the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and the real lives of two L.A. femme fatales – the Black Widow and the Vice Queen.


Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis. They are standing near a Delta Airlines plane, and she is wearing a corsage.

Speedy and His Camera: The Rolland J. Curtis Collection of Negatives and Photographs

May 24, 2018

Born in Louisiana in 1922, Rolland J. Curtis came to Los Angeles with his wife in 1946 after serving in the Marines during WWII.


Young Japanese girls brave the early morning rain to bid farewell to friends leaving for Manzanar relocation camp

There and Back: Los Angeles Japanese and Executive Order 9066

May 01, 2018

In the spring of 1942, the City of Los Angeles experienced a population exodus triggered by a presidential executive order. Images in the Los Angeles Public Library's Herald Examiner Collection and Shades of L.A.


Women taking a photograph

The Eye and the Image: Women Photographers of Los Angeles

March 02, 2018

As March is Women’s History Month, it is only appropriate to celebrate some of the women who helped document Los Angeles – big events and small moments – for all to see.


Bugsy Siegel and attorneys

A Quiet Evening with a Quick Death — The Demise of Bugsy Siegel

July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills.


A boy drives a golf cart decorated for a Fourth of July parade in San Pedro.

Go Forth and Celebrate the Fourth!

June 30, 2017

The Fourth of July is a time when Americans remember their history, look toward the future, and celebrate the present.


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