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The Death of William Workman, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The news of the suicide of William Workman, which took place on 17 May 1876, reached Los Angeles at about 11 p.m.  Initial reporting in three major … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

That’s a Wrap: The Opening of the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles, 18 May 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Walter P. Temple built two movie theaters in the early 1920s, including his first building project, the Temple Theatre in Alhambra at the end of 1921 … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

On This Day: The Death of William Workman, 17 May 1876

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Posts during January and February this year detailed the failure of the Temple and Workman bank, co-owned by Homestead owner William Workman and his son-in-law, F.P.F. … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: A Portion of Today’s City of Industry Area, 15 May 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Here’s another entry in the “Time Capsule Tuesday” series, which is a prelude to the 60th anniversary of the June 1957 incorporation of the City of … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

On This Day: The Demolition of the Arcadia Block from the “Los Angeles Times,” 15 May 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Ninety years ago today, the special “Features” section of the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times included a lengthy article on the demolition of the Arcadia … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy Mother’s Day with Antonia Margarita Workman de Temple and children, ca. 1870

by Paul R. Spitzzeri With best wishes to all of you moms out there on your day, here is a great circa 1870 photo of Antonia Margarita Workman de Temple … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Portrait Gallery: Charlie Walshe, East Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights), ca. 1890

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Portraits are telling for a wide variety of reasons.  They can give us a good idea of fashion of a given time, they might be vocational … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment