Getting Schooled with the Los Angeles Poly Optimist School Newspaper, 16 November 1915

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The high school newspaper has been a long-standing tradition, though with dramatic technological changes recently, the future of the printed versions, at least, are in question. Over a century ago, though, the concept was pretty new and the Homestead has several early local examples from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School's Poly Optimist... Continue Reading →

On This Day: The Arrest of Adolf Bornhauser as an Alien Enemy, Los Angeles, 15 November 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Earlier this year, as part of our ongoing commemoration of the centennial of America's entry into World War I, the Homestead included an interesting artifact, the booking card from the museum's collection of suspected "alien enemy" Anton Berschneider, in a museum exhibit about the conflict. During the summer, the card was... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry General Plan, 1971, Part Seven

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In this concluding entry in a seven-part post about the City of Industry's General Plan, developed by Gruen Associates, adopted in 1971 and still in effect, we look at more elements of the planning process proposed in the document, including with what was, and still is, officially known as the "Historic-Cultural"... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: A Leisurely Drive in a Packard Six, 1912

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From early in the history of the automobile (often called the "horseless carriage" in its infancy), Los Angeles quickly became a car-centric place due to the wide-open nature of its topography and suburban development.  Prior to 1930, the end of our interpretive era, there were many automobile manufacturers, though consolidation into... Continue Reading →

Veterans Day: Women’s World Peace Meeting, Hollywood Bowl, 11 November 1921

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Known originally as Armistice Day to commemorate the cessation of hostilities ending what was first known as "The Great War," and, subsequently, World War One, Veterans Day is a way for Americans to remember all of our service personnel who have served the country over its history. This year and next,... Continue Reading →

Portrait Gallery: Damien Marchessault, Mayor of Los Angeles, 1859-1860, 1861-1865, 1867

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Of the forty-two mayors of Los Angeles since the office was introduced in 1850 at the dawn of the American era, only a very few have not been documented through photographs.  One of those has been Damien Marchessault (1818-1868), who served several terms in the office between 1859 and 1865, during... Continue Reading →

New Donation of Princess Mona Darkfeather Photo, ca. 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri About a year ago, after a very interesting lecture by Cari Beauchamp regarding women in the early motion picture industry, a post on this blog was published about Josephine Marie Workman (1883-1977), a granddaughter of William and Nicolasa Workman. Using the stage name "Princess Mona Darkfeather," she performed in 69 one-reel... Continue Reading →

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