August 16: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

Los Angeles Railway’s 16th Street Proving Stand Controls, 1928 (Click to enlarge)

1920:  Los Angeles Railway announces that coats may be “parked” during the hot hours of the day, allowing streetcar operators to work in shirtsleeves.

The trainmen are required to wear the uniform blue chambray shirt and are warned that “any tendency toward sloppy appearance in connection with this concession is sure to result in complaints being made to the company and probable cancellation of the privilege.”