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Frankie needs a smoke

Frankie needs a smoke

The original April 23, 1953, Los Angeles Times caption reported:

New arrivals at Griffith Park Zoo are too upsetting to Frankie, the monkey. Too much noise, he commented, as he lit a cigarette and decided that he’d ignore noisy elephants.

Frankie, a chimpanzee, is mentioned in several 1950s Los Angeles Times stories as an animal actor in shows at the Griffith Park Zoo.

On a slow news day, staff photographers often visited popular locations looking for stand-alone photos. On April 22, 1953, it was photographer Art Rogers’ turn to come up with some local news art.

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