Singing Wood was owned by Mary Elizabeth Altemus Whitney (later Person Tippett), a wealthy socialite and thoroughbred racehorse breeder. Photo is likely related to Singing Wood’s victory in the March 1936 Santa Margarita Invitation at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Taken at grand jury investigation into death of film actress Thelma Todd. Todd was found in the garage of film director West, her business partner and lover, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Schafer was the manager of a roadside cafe owned by West and Todd. Anderson was a bartender at the café. Whitehead was Todd’s personal maid. Todd's death was eventually ruled an accident.
Possibly taken in relation to the investigation of actress Thelma Todd's death in December 1935. Todd's body was found in West's home where she was residing. Todd was a former co-star and close friend with Pitts and lover to West.
Drill team marching in the California Admission Day parade, held in Santa Monica. The parade, led by Governor Merriam, was a feature event of the three day Admission Day celebration, which commemorated the 87th anniversary of the day California became a state