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Charles Lummis
August 1, 2018

Linking the Lummis Family

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By Julia Tcharfas, Collections Cataloger, Autry Museum of the American West

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 – 1928) has an almost mythical role within the history of early Los Angeles – somehow both shaping the city’s cultural landscape and remaining a largely underground figure within it. Most accounts of his life begin when he was twenty five with a transcontinental 143-day-long walk from Cincinnati to L.A. narrated through his weekly dispatches to the Los Angeles Times. Upon arrival, Lummis took up the job as editor of the paper and by the turn of the century he had... Read more

May 7, 2018

On the Trail of Shoplifters, Pickpockets, and Sneaks!

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By Marva Felchlin, Former Director, Library and Archives of the Autry

One of the pleasures of working with the Autry’s library and museum collections is discovering a book, document, or object you haven’t seen before. One day, while looking for images of 19 th century women, I came across this image of “Kid Glove Rosey,” the alias of Christine Mayer, “shoplifter.” What a great name for a shoplifter! I had to know more about her and how her image found its way to the Autry’s collection.

Photogravure, 1880 Autry Museum of the American West; 91... Read more
The saleswoman does not look very excited about the Trick Lasso, but the boy makes it clear it’s the concession for him, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Library and Archives, Autry Museum; T2010-28.
April 10, 2018

Exploring the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives:
My Roy Rogers Lariat Spins Like The Dickens

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By Mallory Furnier, Former Special Projects Archivist at the Autry

Beginning in the late 1930s, millions of children watched their hero Roy Rogers thunder across the screen on his intelligent steed Trigger, listened to his radio programs, or later thrilled to his television shows. The excitement of the flickering adventures was contagious for audience members won over by Rogers’ dashing good looks, catchy tunes, and amiable charm. But how could the excitement of adventure be brought home and relived in the comfort of mom and dad’s backyard? Roy Rogers’ marketing... Read more