JFK and Eva Ban in Santa Monica, 1962

From The Times’ obituary of Eva Ban:

Read the rest: Eva Ban dies at 94; woman in famous beach photo with JFK

Previously on L.A. Times Past:

JFK in Santa Monica

Here’s a look at Inglewood — complete with oil derricks — circa 1925. 

"Oil! The magic call of the modern Eldorado has resounded in the thriving suburb of Inglewood," a Times story published Oct. 7, 1929, read in part. "The prosperous little city of business houses and homes has been transformed overnight into a hustling oil mart with its attendant activities and speculations." More from that story, and the photo that originally accompanied it, in The Times’ photography blog, Framework.

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Disney is marking the 50th anniversary of the It’s a Small World ride at its parks around the globe today, but the attraction didn’t originally debut at any of them.

Developed by Disney “imagineers,” It’s a Small World first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was “enjoyed by an estimated 10 million children” there in 1964 and 1965 before anyone ever rode it at Disneyland starting in 1966, according to a Times article on the ride’s debut in Anaheim.

But the Disneyland riders did experience something new: The attraction was expanded by one-third once it made the cross-country move. 

The ceremony marking the ride’s 1966 Disneyland opening sounds like a splashy affair. There were fireworks, 10,000 balloons and a flock of white doves.

Oh, and it was literally splashy: “Water from major oceans and seas around the world was flown to Disneyland, and [Walt] Disney and children from 16 Southern California ethnic groups poured it into Seven SeaWays,” The Times reported.

It’s a Small World and the teacup ride are my two earliest memories of Disneyland, a place I first visited as a 3-year-old. For Throwback Thursday, we encourage you to send your It’s a Small World memories and photos by messaging us here or tweeting them to @latimespast.

— Laura E. Davis

(Photo: Walt Disney pours water from canteen into a channel through It’s a Small World on May 30, 1966. Credit: Los Angeles Times/UCLA Library)

The first family member to greet Bob Hope upon his return from an eight-day tour of military bases in Alaska in December 1959 was his basset hound, Recession. (That is the dog’s actual name.)

Fun fact about Recession: When this picture was taken, he had just become the father of five puppies with Robert Mitchum’s dog, Eloise.

More photos from Hope’s USO tours at our photography blog, Framework.

— Lindsay Barnett

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Found: An L.A. Times article on Ray Bradbury from 1953, the year “Fahrenheit 451” was published. (The author is described as “fantastic, and human.”) Here’s a sample:

Ray Bradbury does not like the civilization in which we exist. But he differs from the regulation science-fiction writer in his approach to life, today and in a tenuously possible tomorrow. He is a social critic, and a storyteller such as America has not seen in many long years.

Bradbury, who died in 2012, recalled the writing of “Fahrenheit 451” in this video interview (spoiler: the process included the procurement of a bag of dimes to rent a typewriter):

He’s pictured above with his wife Maggie at their home in L.A.’s Cheviot Hills area in 1970. 

And don’t forget about this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

— Lindsay Barnett

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Click the link above to read the full report, by The Times’ Robyn Dixon, on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Here’s a look at downtown Culver City, circa 1920.

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Don’t wait. ACT NOW! For a time, as this 1942 ad from the L.A. Times notes, Lysol was offering a “Wartime Manual for Housewives” free with every purchase. 

Marlene Dietrich's travel plans: From L.A. to New York by train, then on to England. Here she is boarding the train in L.A. in 1936.

Credit: Los Angeles Times

Downtown Los Angeles, 70 years ago: This is the intersection of Broadway and 7th as it looked in 1943.

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