Take It On Faith: A Press Photo of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In one of the many stirring stories of persistence in the face of repression and racism prevalent in early 20th century greater Los Angeles, the small, but growing and vibrant community of Japanese immigrants in downtown's LIttle Tokyo achieved a milestone when a Buddhist temple was established in 1905. Eventually known... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter to Walter P. Temple, 12 July 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the summer of 1926, the Temple family was at a particularly interesting transitional point.  That spring, Walter P. Temple and his business associates, manager Milton Kauffman and attorney George H. Woodruff, engineered the issuing of bonds to finance the projects of two companies.  The first was the Temple Townsite Company,... Continue Reading →

That’s a Wrap: “Programme of Grand Photoplay Festival,” Los Angeles, 10-12 July 1915

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The local film industry, the topic of Sunday's "Through the Viewfinder" presentation by Los Angeles Public Library photo collection librarian Christina Rice, grew rapidly after it was established in 1909.  One of many examples is today's highlighted artifact from the Homestead's collection, a "programme" for a "Grand Photoplay Festival" held over... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder Lecture Series: Christina Rice on Film Studio Photos before 1930 from the Los Angeles Public Library

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was better weather yesterday than the previous couple of days, though still hot, when the Homestead hosted the second of three lectures in this year's "Through the Viewfinder" series.  The talk was by Los Angeles Public Library photo collection librarian Christina Rice and covered images in the collection highlighting Los... Continue Reading →

Games People Play: Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, Los Angeles Tennis Club, 4-7 July 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Our blazing hot temperatures of the last couple of days would preclude the thought of even hitting the courts, but at this time in 1929, the Los Angeles Tennis Club hosted the 40th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, an amateur tournament, sanctioned by The Southern California Lawn Tennis Association and The... Continue Reading →

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