DispL.A. Case #55: Gorgeous George’s Bobby Pins


The history of Los Angeles as told through 232 objects.

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781. Between now and the 232nd anniversary, we are gathering the stories behind iconic objects that help explain our city. Los Angeles is older than Chicago, Atlanta or Washington, D.C. In fact, when L.A.’s founders were gathering at El Pueblo, New York City was still occupied by the British army. We have a long story to tell, let’s take a look back and see where the city came from. Feel free to add to this exhibition. Email your ideas to [email protected]

As George Wagner, he was just an ordinary fighter, but once he donned a satin cape and began sporting a giant orchid and platinum corkscrew curls, he became Gorgeous George, one of the most famous wrestling stars of the 1940’s and 50’s. His antics between the ropes, such as tossing his “gold” bobby pins to fans, helped create the colorful world of pro wrestling that we see today.


DispL.A. Case #54: Millstone

DispL.A. Case #53: Pink’s Hot Dog

DispL.A. Case #52: Firestone Tire

DispL.A. Case #51: Copper Pot From See’s Candies

DispL.A. Case #50: Japanese Relocation Order

Photography by John Pantozzi