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Al Horton and Leo McDonald with the wandering possum, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
January 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
While Leo McDonald writes the possum stands by his arm with his mouth open in a sneer. Al Horton holds the animal by the tail while two other men peer at the creature behind them.
Initially mistaken for a skunk, the officers at the Georgia Street police station were wary of being sprayed by the creature, until Alabama native Radio Officer Thomas Jefferson Woolridge truly identified the creature.
Story related to photograph appears with the article, "Opossum Throws Skunk Scare Into Police," Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 1936: A1.
Handwritten on negative: Al Horton Leo Mc Donald
Text from negative sleeve: 3402 - Leo Mc Donald Al Horton Possum found in downtown building (Complaint Board LAPD 1/ [stamped:] Jan 29 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Police--California--Los Angeles
Police stations--California--Los Angeles
Horton, Al
McDonald, Leo
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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