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Time Capsule Tuesday: City of Industry 60th Anniversary Art Contest Junior High/Middle School Level Winner April Diaz

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Last week’s post in the “Time Capsule Tuesday” series commemorating the City of Industry’s 60th anniversary of its incorporation highlighted the elementary school division winner of … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

La La Landscapes: Busch Gardens, Pasadena, 1923 and 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The latest of the “La La Landscapes” series of posts about gardens and landscaping in greater Los Angeles looks at Busch Gardens, which was a highly … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Drilling for Black Gold on the Temple Lease, Montebello Oil Field, June 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A century ago today, on 25 June 1917, the Los Angeles Times ran a short article on developments in oil fields in and around the Fullerton area, where … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

From Point A to Point B: The Los Angeles and Independence Railroad, 1874-1877

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today’s “From Point A to Point B” entry highlights a stereoscopic photograph, albeit a “pirate” in which an original published version was then reissued without permission … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

That’s a Wrap: Photoplay Magazine, June 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Our current “celebrity culture” in which technology further fuels the publicity machine that puts our actors, musicians, and those who are famous “just because” in our … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Through the Viewfinder: Highland Park, Los Angeles, 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The last entry in the “Through the Viewfinder” series of posts looked at bucolic, rural Hollywood (or, Colegrove) in the twilight years of the 19th century. … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

At Our Leisure: The First Day of Summer at Ocean Park at Santa Monica, 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Here it is, the 21st of June and the official first day of summer.  For many of us sweltering in the inland valleys with the heat … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment