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Coming to The Archive March 1, 2017:

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Man Dies in Sauerkraut Contest:

​Cabbage and Bootleg Blamed

Los Angeles Evening Herald/February 1, 1922

Child, 11, Admits

Hammering Her Mother to Death

Spartanburg Herald-Journal/April 5, 1940


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"New York Noveletic:Broadway is flooded with ambitious youth. Such were this stage-struck girl and newcomer-wrighter—ambitious in love . . . You can see hundreds of them in New York making park benches their thrones, holding hands in movie balconies or chop-suey joints—walking along the Drive, drinking in the moon and stars—not saying a word—while music runs through their veins and their hearts dance . . . All they hope, pray and hunger for is success. They want life to hug them and make their cheeks bloom . . . Two young people in a strange town finding a home in each other’s memory. Well, one day she got a bit part in a show, clicked and was whisked off to Hollywood . . . He went into an ad agency.

        For a while love letters were swapped at a fast clip, then the traffic slowed down, limped along, and finally ceased . . . Love had “taken a powder” . . . A run-out . . . They were riding to the moon on their careers, they couldn’t think of anything else . . . Soon, Christmas cards were their only contact. And now they both have everything they came to New York to get—dreams come true . . . But they are not as happy as they were when they had nothing—except each other."

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Fatty Arbuckle Story

Can the biased and dishonest media give a fair and balanced treatment to an overweight slob and mediocre talent whose most notable 

accomplishment was taking a flying leap onto a naked actress in a San Francisco hotel, and killing her?

Find out in

The Archive

March, 2017

Special Collection!

 From The Archive's


"Bullets Fly on Riverfront in Fight of Customs Agents with Gang of Smugglers"

New York Evening World/July 25, 1922




This Month's Mystery

"The Strange, Cold Case of William

Desmond Taylor."

The date is February 1,  1922. A renowned  movie director with a mysterious past meets a violent end in a luxurious Hollywood bungalow. Was it love? Jealousy? Greed? Revenge? Simple robbery? The investigation raises more questions than it answers, while riling up the power brokers of the early movie industry. Scandal and murder aren't healthy for the box office, or the studios' bottom lines, and within a week Los Angeles homicide detectives find themselves strongly discouraged from pursuing the case. Officially, the death of William Desmond Taylor remains a "cold case"; can YOU solve it?

Inquest is Closed by New Clue

Washington Times/February 4, 1922

Film Boss Played 2 Life Roles

Washington Times/February 4, 1922

Claire Windsor in San Francisco

San Francisco Bulletin/March 3, 1922

Prologue [Editorial]

Seattle Union-Record/February 15, 1922


St. Paul, Minnesota                       Monday, February 27, 2017