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Aug. 11, 1943: Frank Sinatra retreats to a ladder for refuge as autograph hounds besiege him following his arrival by train in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: Frank Sinatra waves to a crowd during his arrival in Pasadena. A very similar photo was published in the Aug. 12, 1943, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: Fans, mostly teenagers, wait to see Frank Sinatra.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: While waiting for Frank Sinatra, fans take to dancing at the Pasadena train station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: A crowd of teenage fans, kept in line by police, wait to see Frank Sinatra on his arrival in Pasadena. This photo published on Aug. 12, 1943.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: Surging fans, held back by police, wait to see Frank Sinatra.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: Frank Sinatra with unidentified friends arrives by train in Pasadena. This photo was not published, but the Times reported on Aug. 12, 1943, that RKO Pictures had provided starlets to pose with Sinatra at the train station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los AngelesTimes

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Frank Sinatra’s in town

Aug. 11, 1943: Frank Sinatra retreats to a ladder for refuge as autograph hounds besiege him following his arrival by train in Pasadena. Sinatra was in town for a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and work on an RKO movie.

In a non-bylined story, The Times reported the next morning:

Dear Boss:

Swoon:

To reiterate, I repeat: “Swoon!”

Sinatra’s in town.

There he is, boss, standing on the steps of the Santa Fe Chief without so much as wiggling his ears, yet at least 2,000 of his frenzied feminine followers is swooning, squealing, giggling, scratching, screeching, clawing and stomping on reporters’ corns all over the Pasadena station.

I am gaudy with goosepimples as I hesitate to contemplate what would of happened if Frankie would of lowered his eyelids, opened his epiglottis and bust out with “Night and Day” or Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonatra.” I bet the Chief would of been derailed.

Twenty of Pasadena’s finest is popping their suspender buttons trying to keep the horde of ecstatic teen-age swooners from stampeding.

“Sinatra beats Glenn Miller,” puffed one officer. “When Glenn comes in a couple of years ago, I only lose one button.”…

The above gallery of images is made up of  published and unpublished images. All were recently scanned from the original 4-by-5-inch negatives. The photographer is unknown.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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