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Watering hose

Watering hose

Sept. 20, 1937: The original caption:

Animals at Zoopark are not enjoying the September heat any more than humans. “Isn’t it awful!” Anna Mae, zoo pachyderm, turns the hose toward her elephant friend Marianne. “Have a drink on me. It’ll cool you off.”

One problem: The weather report in the Sept. 20, 1937 Los Angeles Times revealed a cooling trend:

Forecast for Los Angeles and Southern California: Fair today and tomorrow with morning fog. Somewhat cooler. Maximum and minimum temperatures for yesterday: 79-60.

A week earlier, on Sept. 13, The Times reported a high of 95 degrees.

This photo was taken at the Griffith Park Zoo, opened in 1912 and closed in 1966 when the current Los Angeles Zoo was opened.

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