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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Passes Away Today

Please see video below taken in 1937 in Los Angeles where Shirley Temple inaugurates service on the new 1937 PCC Streetcars.  I believe I saw this clip in 1977 on TV on the 40th Anniversary of this
ceremony.  Thanks to the internet, it is available.  In the 1950's to 1980's, when rapid transit became unpopular in the United States, would you have even thought that a child star would dedicate a new subway car or system?  It was just not fashionable or hip during those years, at least in the United States.
In this second video, which shows the end of streetcars in Los Angeles in 1963, I think you can see the same PCC car (#3002)  dedicated by Shirley Temple in 1937.  It is indicated by writing on the streetcar and the number 3002..

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