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'Just like back East'

‘Just like back East’

January 10, 1949: A winter storm moved into Southern California, dumping snow, sleet and ice all over the Los Angeles basin. All canyon roads in the Santa Monica Mountains were closed.

Los Angeles Times photographer Frank Brown caught this image of snow falling on Santa Barbara Avenue near Crenshaw Boulevard.

From the Los Angeles Page One article on Jan. 11, 1949:

A score of cars were reported trapped in a foot of snow in Laurel Canyon, with several children among the occupants…a half inch of snow on cars parked by the Long Beach City Hall….Five hundred cars were stalled in six inches of snow at Beaumont….Highway 80 between Indio and San Diego was open only to chain-equipped cars.

The Times’ switchboard received numerous calls from residents in all parts of the city reporting what they described as winter scenes “just like back east.”


Brown most likely used a speed graphic and flash bulb to capture the snow. The 4 by 5 speed graphic was the standard photojournalist camera in the late 1940s. Scott Harrison

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