Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

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

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | May 9, 2014

Friday's Pictures in the News begins at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, where roses are placed on a wall of names at a memorial for officers killed in the line of...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

The Week in Pictures | April 28 – May 4, 2014

Each week, we bring you the best in visual journalism. A sports story grabbed national headlines this week as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver imposed a lifetime ban on Los...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

1994 Northridge earthquake

In the overview of the Los Angeles Times book "4:31 - Images of the 1994 Los Angeles Earthquake," J. Michael Kennedy wrote:

In the darkness of...

  View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | December 4, 2012

In Tuesday's Pictures in the News: an Egyptian woman prays in front of Egyptian security as they lay out barbed wire along streets leading to the Itihadiya presidential palace...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | July 13, 2012

Friday's Pictures in the News begins in Spain with revelers singing under the San Fermin statue on the seventh day of the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Pamplona's famous...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | Dec. 30, 2011

We begin Friday's Pictures in the News in Russia, where an army of snowmen were on display in Gorky Park. In Poland, 'Bearded men' interact with children as they parade in...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | Dec. 20, 2011

In today's Pictures in the News, police move in to evict Occupy Denver protesters, the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Powerful earthquake strikes Turkey

[UPDATE] A 2-week-old baby girl was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building on Tuesday almost 48 hours after a massive earthquake destroyed hundreds of buildings...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | May 4, 2011

A Chinese couple posing for wedding photographs at an art district in Beijing , an airplane on approach for landing at Vancouver International Airport passing through embers and...   View Post»

   

Frank Sinatra's in town

Pictures in the News | April 19, 2011

Today's first batch of Pictures in the News features a playful white tiger cub climbing on the head of a photographer who is trying to shoot photos, a youth flying off a wall as...   View Post»

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 Glen 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.

Tomorrow: Images from Sinatra’s Hollywood Bowl appearance.

No comments yet

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published