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Know Your City No. 22 – Old Hall of Records

Know Your City No. 22 – Old Hall of Records

November 1955: John Malmin’s nighttime image of the old Hall of Records appeared as No. 22 in the Know Your City photography series. The Dec. 9, 1955, Los Angeles Times caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 22– There isn’t a manicurist in the place. But there’s lots of filing. And you might think there’d be music. But there is none. Lots of important people in here. Including Cupid. If you can’t guess, answer in on Page 32, Part 2.

ANSWER: You surely recognized this as a night shot of the Hall of Records, made from the Spring St. side. Get the clues?– “filing”, Cupid (because the Marriage License Bureau is there)? And music? (Music– Hall of Records, get it?) …

The old Hall of Records, built in 1911. Photo published in the Oct. 26, 1970, Los Angeles Times. The Criminal Courts Building is on the right. Credit: Art Rogers/Los Angeles Times.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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