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Games People Play: Golfing near Pasadena in 1899

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A quartet of snapshot photographs from the Homestead’s collection taken of golfers playing somewhere near Pasadena in 1899 shows just how primitive the game was some … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Museum Director Musings on Today’s Poetry Event at the Homestead

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Last year, the Homestead was approached by business owner and poet Karen Cordova and poet and publisher Andrea Watson of Taos, New Mexico about an intriguing … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Read All About It in the “Los Angeles Herald,” 24 March 1875

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was the peak of an economic boom that started in greater Los Angeles in the late 1860s not long after the end of the Civil … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

From Point A to Point B: A Los Angeles Taxi, 1915

by Paul R. Spitzzeri My great-great grandfather Robert Levy was a hack driver, carrying passengers through the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii in a horse-drawn carriage in the late 19th and … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Working the Land: A San Gabriel Valley Apiary, ca. 1878

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While greater Los Angeles in the late 19th century was an agricultural empire, including vast tracts devoted to wheat and other field crops; stocked with cattle, … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Museum Director Musings on the First Day of Spring at the Homestead

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After twenty-nine years at the Homestead, especially when caught up in daily activities cooped up in an office, it can be easy to forget what an … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

La La Landscapes: Century Plant at the Rowland House, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today’s “La La Landscapes” entry is a stereoscopic photograph published by Henry T. Payne, a prominent early Los Angeles photographer who purchased the studio and inventory … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment