CAN YOU SOLVE THE RIDDLE OF THE FOO AND DISCOVER WHAT YEAR THIS PHOTO OF ELIZABETH SHORT WAS TAKEN?
Los Angeles, California
In its 2012 Black Dahlia Exhibit, the LAPD
Historical Society made public several never before seen photographs of Elizabeth
Photo above shows Elizabeth
“Black Dahlia” Short standing next to one of the Shishi or Foo Dogs, who has been guarding the entrance to
Hollywood’s, Grauman’s Chinese Theater since it was built in 1927.
Photo No. 2 (below) appears to have been taken at the same time and shows Elizabeth standing next to a billboard.
We know this photo was taken in Hollywood between 1943 and 1946.
The only immediate clue to help us possibly establish the year taken would be the partial wording written on the billboard behind Elizabeth’s left shoulder which appears to read:
(SKH NOTE- The Swedish film, Elvira Madigan was produced in Europe in 1942, which likely would have distributed to the U.S. later, however, the spelling is not the same as seen in this picture.)
I suspect the above photo was taken in 1943, 1944, or 1945 as Elizabeth’s face appears thinner in weight than in the later photos taken in 1946. See below comparisons.
I here offer a free personalized copy of Black Dahlia Avenger II, along with the honorary rank of ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE 2, to the first person who can Email me the documented solution to the billboard riddle and thus establish the year this photo was taken.
Was it 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, or 1946?
I am reposting below FAQ 53 from August, 2007, where I initially addressed and examined the possibility that Elizabeth Short was captured on some 16 mm stock film footage, seen riding in an open convertible down Hollywood Blvd., on VJ Day, in August 1945. Many who have seen this footage on television believe this rare footage is in fact, Elizabeth Short. (As do I.)
Below is a comparison of the 1945 VJ photo to the known photo of Elizabeth Short taken in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Interesting to note that the two photos were taken only four blocks apart. The photo in the convertible was taken in the 6500 block of Hollywood and the known photo of Elizab
eth taken in the 6900 block of Hollywood Blvd.