A prominent Los Angeles shanty town, or “Hooverville,” was located on a five-acre vacant lot on Alameda and Firestone during the early 1930s, the height of the Great Depression, populated by homeless people and families. This particular Hooverville was located on 8445 S. Alameda Street.
W. A. Ferguson, cartoonist, draws a picture of contest winner, Harold Dowit at the Food and Household Show, sponsored by the Southern California Retail Grocers Association. Ferguson (known as "Ferg") was the Sperry Flour Company cartoonist. Dowit holds a box of Wheaties. The caricature of Dowit is only complete as far as his head, and written above that is, "Harold Dowit National Winner Skippy Contest." At the back of the exhibit, there are stacks of products, including Wheaties and Bisquick. There is also a sign that reads, "Hear me on the radio every day! Wheaties taste elegenter [sic] than elegant. Shippy," and a sign at the top of the exhibit reads, in part," Sperry Drifted Snow 'Home...'"
In early June, 1934, police officers discovered the bodies of Carrie L. Payne, 45, and Robert Payne, 15, at their Westwood home. They had been brutally murdered by Louis R. Payne, their respective son and brother, in late May. Payne was arrested several days after he committed the crime and after confessing at a Huntington Beach police station. In January, 1935 he plead insanity and was sent to a sanitarium.
Three newspaper reporters kneel on the rug in the Prince's suite at the Ambassador Hotel room, 2 holding their hats and note pads as they interview and write, next to Prince Kaya, seated in a chair and wearing his military uniform. A man in a suit with a flower in the lapel stands behind him.