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Operation Gum
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes.; Title supplied by cataloger.
Photograph caption dated September 5, 1960 reads, "Ralph Harper, San Fernando City Councilman, and Ray Walker, superintendent of city's public works department, tackle a sticky situation as they try to scrape chewing gum from city's sidewalks. 'Operation Gum' was started by City Administrator Marshall Julian, working with City Beautification Committee. Harper, who first tried using a blow torch--it was in vain--joked, 'We'll get it off yet, by Gum!'"
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Harper, Ralph A
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Department of Public Works--Officials and employees
City council members--California--San Fernando
Municipal officials and employees--California--San Fernando
Men--California--San Fernando
Sidewalks--Cleaning--California--San Fernando
Cleaning--Equipment and supplies
Stairs--California--San Fernando
Office buildings--California--San Fernando
Glass doors--California--San Fernando
San Fernando (Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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