Reading Between the Lines: Remarkable California Stories from a Letter from Los Angeles, 19 November 1885

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It never ceases to amaze how a historical artifact, having surface content that is obvious on acquisition, can lead to wildly and widely ranging tangents on a little digging.  I've found this to be the case many times over and a prime example is today's highlighted artifact, a letter written on... Continue Reading →

Searching for Henry Schwartz: A Letter from the Los Angeles Lodge #487, Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, 17 November 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the 19th century, fraternal orders were very popular and highly common in American society.  They were heavily influenced by the masonic orders, of which William Workman and F.P.F. Temple, for example, were active members in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. The  fraternities, masonic or otherwise, based their organizations... Continue Reading →

Read All About It: More on the World War I Armistice, Los Angeles Herald, 12 November 1918

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A century ago yesterday, Germany surrendered to the allied nations (primarily Britain, France and the United States) ending the four-year nightmare of World War I that ravaged western Europe and a generation of young men from the main combatant countries.  In greater Los Angeles, as noted in posts the last couple... Continue Reading →

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