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The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties, Tygiel, Jules
21 Tygiel, Jules The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal During the Roaring Twenties
New York/Oxford Oxford University Press 1994 0-19-505489-X / 9780195054897 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) David Tran 
[nice-looking book, very faint soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows just a trace of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) The history of the "wonderfully complex" Julian Petroleum Corporation swindle, inextricably linked with the story of the Southern California oil/real estate boom of the 1920s, which had "as many unexpected twists and turns as any mystery novel." It ranks with the Teapot Dome mess (which of course also has its L.A. connections, through Edward L. Doheny) as one of the defining scandals of the day. 
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Four and Twenty Beds, Vogel, Nancy
22 Vogel, Nancy Four and Twenty Beds
New York The Beechhurst Press (c.1950) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Scheel 
[light wear at spine extremities, spine moderately turned; jacket has small tears at several corners, a bit of wear along top edge, minor paper loss at top of spine, one small chip at bottom of rear panel]. Rollicking (it sez here) tale of a couple who buy a motel in the California desert, with visions of "a hostelry for weary travelers and a dream of freedom in the country. Months later (wiser by years) they were forced to admit the facts: they had invested in a playground for a practical joker, an amorous old maid, and other transient eccentrics, while the dictates of business, running far into the night, prevented even the semblance of a dream." 
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Los Angeles: The Enormous Village 1781-1981, Weaver, John D.
23 Weaver, John D. Los Angeles: The Enormous Village 1781-1981
Santa Barbara CA Capra Press 1980 0-88496-158-3 / 9780884961581 Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight copy, no significant shelfwear, very light soiling to top edge; jacket shows only light surface wear, one tiny closed tear at bottom of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) An entertaining anecdotal history of Los Angeles, issued around the time the city was celebrating its 200th birthday. (The jacket blurb refers to this as a "timely, expanded, and updated edition of John D. Weaver's portrait of the city," but the copyright page gives no clue as to what it might be an updated edition OF -- although Weaver did publish a book about L.A. called "El Pueblo Grande" in 1973, so maybe that's what they're talking about. They could have just said so.) 
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El Rodeo [1931 USC Yearbook], [University of Southern California] Morehouse, Morton, ed.
24 [University of Southern California] Morehouse, Morton, ed. El Rodeo [1931 USC Yearbook]
Los Angeles University of Southern California 1931 NO (Vol. XXVI) Hardcover Good in Near Fine dj 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [a solid copy, but with light dampstaining and page-rippling (mostly along the top edge), and some moderate external soiling to covers, all obviously the result of having gotten a little bit damp at some point; there's also a small nick to the front joint; binding fully intact, internally clean]. (B&W photographs, color graphics) 1930 yearbook of the University of Southern California, covering the 1930/1931 academic and sporting activities at the school. As you might imagine, much space is given to the latter; there are accounts (with photographs) of each game of the Trojans' 1930 football season, for instance, climaxing with their 27-0 drubbing at the hands of national champion Notre Dame (which turned out to be the final game coached by Knute Rockne, who died in a plane crash the following March). Extensively illustrated with black-and-white photographs, as well as several gorgeous full-page color illustrations, the entire book has an art deco-ish appearance, incorporating a flying airplane motif (for no particular reason that I can see). All the usual sorts of college activities are covered (journalism, fraternities, drama, etc.), and amongst the thousands of tiny head-shots one occasionally spots a luminary of the future; I was able to pick out actor Ward Bond and writer Morrie (Morris) Ryskind, both members of the Class of 1931, but I left the rest for you to find. 
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