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Sisters Jean and Phyllis Thomson (10 and 4) with Phyllis' broken doll, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
December 23, 1935
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.
The sisters sit beside each other as Phyllis cradles the headless doll in her arms and older sister Jean places an arm around her sister.
During an attempted kidnapping in the middle of the night sisters Phyllis and Jean were unharmed, but Phyllis' doll's head was smashed by an automobile. Fortunately doll surgeon Don DaCosta stepped in to repair the doll for the girl in time for Christmas.
Similar photograph appears with the article, "Kidnap Case Doll Fixed," Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec 1935: 3.
Text from negative sleeve: 4170 - Jean Thomson - 10 yrs. Phyllis Thomson - 4 yrs. 12-21-35 attempted kidnaping (doll broke but later fixed, see #4244 [stamped:] Dec 23 1935
Handwritten on negative: LTR - Phyllis Thomson - Jean Thomson 12-21-35
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Sisters--American--California--Los Angeles
Thomson, Jean, b. 1927 or 28
Thomson, Phyllis, 1932-2004
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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