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Guide to a Vanished City

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"If there's a WPA guide to a more vanished American city, beats me what it is," David Kipen writes in the forward to the new reissue of "Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels." Kevin Roderick runs down some of the highlights, including the city's first oil field, in Echo Park, and the Capitol Milling Company Flour Mill, which is believed to be LA's oldest company. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West declined to contribute, but Julius Shulman's photos are in there. [LAObserved]