Picture dated 1932 from one of the movie "Tarzan" shows Maureen O'Sullivan (L) in the role of Jane and Johnny Weissmuller playing Tarzan. Johnny Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won 52 U.S. National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in 12 motion pictures.
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Figurines displayed during an exhibition on Tarzan at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, held from June 16 to September 27, 2009. The museum organizers said the show aimed to unpick the myth of the archetypal wild hero. At background, a screen displays the movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932) with actors Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Tarzana has a funny name, but it's no coincidence that it sounds like a certain king of the jungle — the town was named for Tarzan. Tarzana's celebrating 100 years of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel, 1912's "Tarzan of the Apes."
After the success of the Tarzan novel, Burroughs bought a 550-acre piece of land in 1919 from General Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, and Burroughs set up a ranch that he named after Tarzan, according to Tarzana reference librarian David Hagopian. Local residents started calling the area around the ranch Tarzana, and when Burroughs sold off the ranch and developers moved in, the name stuck and became the official name of the community in 1928.
Tarzana is flying into their Tarzan reverie starting Friday with the U.S. Postal Service holding a ceremony with descendants of Burroughs to celebrate the first day of a brand new Burroughs stamp, based on a 1934 photo of Burroughs and an image of Tarzan clinging onto a signature vine.