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Prince Ucon and a blowtorch, Lincoln Heights, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
February 13, 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."
While holding the blowtorch a few inches from his face Ucon opens his mouth and sticks out his tongue.
Similar photograph appears with the article, "Razor Blade Menu Eaten," Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan 1936: A2.
Handwritten on negative: Prince Ucon
Text from negative sleeve: 3649 - Prince Ucon Algerian Showman arrested for vagrancy "toughest man in Lincoln Heights jail" (Fakir) (see others - #3460) [stamped:] Feb 13 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Stunt performers--California--Lincoln Heights
Prisoners--California--Lincoln Heights
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Turbans--California--Lincoln Heights
Ucon, Prince, b. 1894
Lincoln Heights Jail
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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