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Legion proclamation
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1950
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes
Lee Aubrey Riggs was born in 1907. Starting out as a tobacco auctioneer, he gained his nickname by training himself to speak 469 words per minute, a world record at the time. For more than thirty years he appeared on the radio show "Your Lucky Strike Hit Parade" for the American Tobacco Company as the voice of Lucky Strike cigarettes. He died in 1987.
Photograph caption reads "L. A. 'Speed' Riggs, honorary mayor of Reseda, left, proclaims 'Al Weeks' in line with National American Legion membership campaign at request of Jack Heim, Commander of 20th District and member of Reseda Post 308, center, and Joe Carroll, Post 308 Commander, right. San Fernando Valley will conduct Al Weeks membership drives."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Riggs, L. A.--(Lee Aubrey),--1907-1987
American Legion.--Post 308 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Auctioneers--United States
Radio personalities--United States
Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--San Fernando Valley
Associations, institutions, etc.--California--San Fernando Valley
American newspapers
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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