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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," & Silents on the Islands


Image: New York Public Library

A Pelican in the Spotlight


Captain Sebastian Larco, the man who was called the father of Santa Barbara's fishing industry, had a couple of pet pelicans. In 1915, one of them was filmed in an episode of the "Flying A" serial The Diamond from the Sky.


The diamond in the serial keeps getting lost or stolen at the end of each chapter, and if you want to find out what happened, you'll have to come back to watch the next installment. In this particular episode, the pelican flies off with the coveted jewel. (No copies are known to exist.) 


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