Re: Paul Maggiora 1890-1964
Paul's Duck Press is not forgotten.My dad was a dentist in Hollywood and loved it. He also frequented the resturant in Mexico where the Caesear salad was invented.
There still exits a connection to the Caesar or Cesare salad in Mexico.I wentto very nice place in San Miguel Allende in 2006 and the waiter made a huge Caesar salad in an elaborate preparation before our eyes. It was a real show.
Here is recent rememberance of one fan of Paul's Duck Press. "I had not thought about "Paul's Duck Press" until you mentioned it. It was a favorite my husband's and mine too.They really pressed the duck breast on a press until it was quite flat and then seared it until it was very crispy.Most unusual and delicious."
Here is a web sit regarding famous LA places http://www.latimemachines.com/http://www.latimemachines.com/Paul's Duck Press is not among the ones researched yet but perhaps you could encourage them.
The person who might have more information on this is the author and editor Jim Heimann.You should try and contact him.It looks like he is in LA and works for Tauschen.Try writing his agent or editor.He has loads of stuff from LA during this time period.I have seen an ad or match book cover of the place.It was probably in one of Heimann's books.
Old yellow pages might have something too. A geneological society in LA would probably have them.I believe duck presses are sold in France or Italy.I think another feature of the processes is the juices created.
Good luck in your search Paul Manley of Alameda California