This Album is historical but it is not a history. It is not meant to tell you that the LASFS meeting hall, wherever it may be, is named in memory of Paul Freehafer, nor that Alvin W. Mussen, dead on the Bataan death march, was the only LASFS fatality of World War II, nor that Jack Jardine wrote a paper- back called "Lesbo Lodge" wherein most of the LASFS members of the day appear as recognizable characters. But it is meant to show you what Paul Freehafer, Alvin W. Mussen, Jack Jardine, and many another fan who has been a member of the club in its more than thirty-two years of existence looked like. Some people who ought to appear here don't, and others appear more often than their importance to the club might seem to warrant. A few non-members are here, too, but then the LASFS has always been hospitable to visitors. We were circumscribed by space and cost limitations which prevented using all the pictures available, and by the contents of the collections available for use -- we have nothing from the 1934-5? period, for example. This Album is based mostly on the collections of Forry Acker- man and myself. It became apparent quite early in the search that these two would more than fill the space available, and that a second Album, at a later date, making use of other pic- ture collections to cover some of the people and periods slighted in this, would be both feasible and desirable. I would be happy to hear from anyone who has photographs of Los Angeles fans and activities, particularly from those periods of 1934-58, 1944-56, and 1961-65. Provided reception of this Album is good (read "We get our money back and make a slight profit"), a second will be forthcoming. A history of the LASFS, to cover several volumes, is now in preparation. These will appear as succeeding volumes in the series "The LASFS Papers," and will enrich the value of this collection by answering such questions as "Who was Peggy Featherstone?" and "What are Katya Hulan's vital statistics?" The editor takes full responsibility for all errors of omission or commission, but he must acknowledge a special debt to Forry Ackerman, who took some five hours of a Saturday afternoon to help him sort and identify pictures, and to Fred Whitledge, who undertook the long and laborious task of publication. Al Lewis Additional copies of this Album may be had for one dollar from Al Lewis, 4600 Kester Avenue, Apartment D, Sherman Oaks, Cali- fornia1 91405. All profits go to the LASFS Building Fund.
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