who we are

The creator of the 1947project time travel blogs, Kim Cooper is also editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture, and has compiled anthologies on bubblegum music and the greatest records you never heard. With Esotouric, she leads offbeat bus tours around Los Angeles, among them The Real Black Dahlia. Her latest book is Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.' Previously, she co-edited Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth and Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed.

Larry Harnisch is that rarity among Black Dahlia researchers, a stringent devotee of truth and primary source material. 

Nathan Marsak is the author of Los Angeles Neon and an active member of the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee. He is working on a book on America’s historic mortuaries.

Mary McCoy is a librarian who studies culinary history and hard-boiled fiction when off the reference desk.  She reads about 150 books a year (including the comics), and blogs about them here.

Lynn Peril is obsessed with used books (particularly old sex and dating manuals, etiquette and self-help books and health, beauty and fashion guides) and other detritus of popular culture, especially that concerning gender-related behavioral prescriptions. Her most recent books are College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Coeds, Then and Now and Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office.

Joan Renner serves a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy; her specialty is giving tours of Union Station.  She is a member of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and gave an invited lecture at the 2nd Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival.  Her talk explored the art of commercial face powder boxes and beauty ephemera from the art deco era, which is also the theme of her blog Vintage Powder Room. You will often find Joan making wry observations aboard the Esotouric bus.