1939 campaign poster war
Nov. 7, 1939: Bill-poster tears off “Yes on No. 5” (an oil control bill) posters from fence at 1st Street and Broadway in front of the State Building during election poster war.
The Los Angeles Times reported the next morning on the poster-covered fence at 1st Street and Broadway:
Ten men and a billboard yesterday imitated a society diner-out eating artichokes.
The billboard around the State Building’s lawn-to-be on First St. was the artichoke.
And the men, briskly peeling “Vote Yes” and “Vote No” signs from the fence, emulated the diner-out.
It all began a couple of days ago.
Because this particular billboard look pretty good to campaigners for and against Proposition No. 5 (the oil control bill) they ordered their bill-posters to concentrate on the problem of sticking propaganda material on it.
As fast as one camp urged “Yes,” another would rush up and plaster a “No” exhortation over the first sign. By Monday night it got rather confusing. Six times during election eve the billboard was altered.
Yesterday morning, with voters already trooping to the polls, the “battle” reached its climax with five truck loads of rival bill-posters taking a hand in the situation.
California Proposition 5 – the creation of an Oil Conservation Commission – was defeated in the Nov. 7, 1939, election.
Both of these photos were published in the Nov. 8, 1939, Los Angeles Times, but in different editions.
Nov. 7, 1939: Bill-poster tears off a few “No on No. 5” posters from fence at 1st Street and Broadway in front of the State Building during election poster war.
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