I stumped everybody this week. The boxing photos threw many of you off.
In the photo above, a Pasadena police detective peers through the broken door of the "Assembly Room for Members Only" in the back of a Chinese Restaurant at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. on June 8, 1950, after a raid at that location.
Nearly 30 men and women were arrested after police broke through the door.
Some were arrested on suspicion of bookmaking, others for conducting gambling games on the premises, and the rest for being present while the city's antigambling ordinance was being violated.
Here's my favorite passage from the L.A. Times article that ran Jan. 10, 1950:
Police fired shotguns in preventing the crowd from "bolting" the raid. No one was injured.Bookies, back-room gambling and vice raids...those were the days!
Many thanks to Pasadena Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library.