Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.


  1. Martin Pal
    April 25, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

    I have a question about the Jack’s Hamburger sign…I found a photo of Jack’s place on Sunset Blvd. and the neon sign out front isn’t like the one you have posted for the location. Wondering if the sign was changed or from a different place? Here’s the link:


  2. mm Kim Cooper
    April 28, 2017 @ 12:41 am

    What an interesting find! That half-rounded building shows its origins as a Simon’s Drive-In. I’m not good at dating cars, which might help in figuring out when this image was shot, but I believe the waitress neon shot by George Mann was on a much taller pole. So maybe both signs existed at the same time–but given the choice, who wouldn’t shoot the waitress?


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