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W. Parker Lyon leans over the wishing well at the Pony Express Museum, Arcadia, 1939
Date Created and/or Issued
January 1939
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.
Mr. Lyon leans over one side of the wishing well peering into a bucket attached to a rope. It is a large wooden structure that is several feet taller than him and displays a sign that says "TOSSING A COIN OVER LEFT SHOULDER INTO WELL WILL MAKE A WISH COME TRUE MABE".
Similar photograph appears with the article, "Wishing Well Raider Gets False Teeth, Coins and Bath," Los Angeles Times, 07 Jan 1939: 8.
Whoever it was that decided to rob the wishing well at the Pony Express Museum didn't receive much for their efforts of jumping into a well that is eight feet deep other than a few pennies, three nickels, one shiny prayer token and a set of false teeth.
Text from negative sleeve: 12999 - W. Parker Lyon Lyon owner, Pony Express Museum Museum wishing well robbed [stamped:] Jan 23 1939
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Wishing wells--California--Arcadia
Signs (Notices)
Pony Express Museum
Lyon, W. Parker
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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