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Prince Ucon holds a blowtorch for demonstration, Lincoln Heights, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
January 31, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Prince Ucon, Algerian Wonder Worker, The Man Who Defies Death, proclaimed himself to be the toughest prisoner the jail has ever had and proceeded to show the officers present by eating a series of old keys, bullets, sticking safety pins through his cheeks and shaving with a blowtorch. Following his thirty day conviction he proclaimed to the court, "Judge, do I have to eat that jail food that long or can I have some bolts occasionally - I'm liable to start chewing on the bars unless they give me my iron."
Photograph appears with the article, "Razor Blade Menu Eaten," Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan 1936: A2.
Prince Ucon holds a blowtorch less than a foot from his face.
Handwritten on negative: 144 144 Prince Ucon 1/22/36
Text from newspaper caption: Prince Ucon, Algerian showman, proves that he is the toughest man ever in Lincoln Heights Jail by using a blowtorch for his morning shave-previously having eaten all of the razor blades in sight.
Text from negative sleeve: 3460 - Ucon Prince Ucon Algerian Showman arrested for vagrancy "toughest man in Lincoln Heights jail" (see #3649) Actor 1/22/36 [stamped:] Jan 31 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Stunt performers--California--Lincoln Heights
Jails--California--Lincoln Heights
Tramps--American--California--Lincoln Heights
Turbans--California--Lincoln Heights
Ucon, Prince, b. 1894
Lincoln Heights Jail
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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