A Stronger Bond: Investment Bonds for the Edwards & Wildey Building and Annex, Los Angeles, 15 October 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As noted in a post here in January 2017, building activity in downtown Los Angeles, during this latest real estate and development boom in the region, has been the heaviest since the 1920s, particularly the first half of that decade.  That post noted that Walter P. Temple was an investor in... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Main Street Between 4th and 5th Streets, Los Angeles, early 1900s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's entry in the "Through the Viewfinder" series highlights a fine unmounted cabinet card photograph by Fred E. Munsey showing a section of downtown Los Angeles on Main Street from between 4th and 5th streets in the first years of the 20th century.  The image is titled "#18 Post Office MAIN... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled With A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 11 October 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A particularly rich source of historical information about people's personal lives is in the form of correspondence, including letters.  What's interesting to ponder for the future is what will we leave now that will be comparable and survivable.  Our growing tendency to communicate through electronic and digital formats such as email,... Continue Reading →

The Sexual Assault Trial of Alexander Pantages, Los Angeles, October 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When the highlighted photo for this post was acquired in 2014, comedian Hannibal Burress was, in his stand-up performances, just recently calling out Bill Cosby for harsh judgments about young blacks while being accused of rape.  Burress' statements about Cosby are often credited with bringing more public awareness of an issue... Continue Reading →

That’s a Wrap: A Lobby Card for “The Oath of Conchita” Starring Princess Mona Darkfeather, 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A great deal of attention is being given these days to the role of ethnicity in film, including such questions about whether there are enough diverse characters and whether people of one ethnic group should be playing roles that call for those of another.  Along with gender representation, the matter of... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties 2018 Recap

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The weather was really pretty outstanding; a little blustery on Saturday, but with temperatures in the mid-70s, the weekend was very comfortable and conductive to an outstanding background to this year's Ticket to the Twenties festival.  We had a good turnout, a diverse range of program offerings, entertaining and informative presenters,... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes: La Casa Nueva and the Loss of Laura Gonzalez Temple

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It's the final countdown and we're about three hours away from the start of the first of two days of the Homestead's "Ticket to the Twenties" festival.  This last, short post also concludes a series dealing with themes and topics covered in displays in our historic houses, with the Workman House... Continue Reading →

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