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Dueling challenger W. P. Blake, Los Angeles, 1933
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
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W. P. Blake, in a courtroom in suit and tie, pencil in pocket, with one artificial eye, standing at desk or table, gesturing with right hand, left hand on large reference book with thumb indexes, with 2 empty chairs at left
This photograph appears with the article “Trial on Anti-Dueling Law Charge Brings Conviction of Inventor Accused by Attorney, Duel Seeker Found Guilty, Verdict Carries Possibility of San Quentin Term, Request for Meeting with Pistols Sent Plaintiff, Defendant Denounces State Ban on Such Conflict.” Los Angeles Times, 17 June 1933: A2. The article states: … W.P. Blake, 53-year-old inventor, was … convicted … of challenging another person to a duel. The charge was brought against Blake by Herman Miller … who asserts he received a challenge from Blake to meet him in Griffith Park, there to fight a duel. … Two guns, exactly similar in appearance, were to be provided, one loaded, the other empty. Miller was to have his choice of the two weapons and the man who received the unloaded weapon was expected to die. … Blake … admitted writing the challenge but … believed it was the only way he could obtain justice. ...
Text from newspaper caption: Challenge Brings Prison Prospect. W.P. Blake. Defendant convicted of violation of anti-dueling law following trial with attorney as accuser.
Text from nitrate negative sleeve: Blake, W.P., Dueling charge, 193[3]
Handwritten at edge of negative: W.P. Blake
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Dueling--California--Los Angeles
Judicial proceedings--California--Los Angeles
Blake, W. P., b. 1879 or 80
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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