Through the Viewfinder: An Album of “Sub-Postcards” from Greater Los Angeles and California, ca. 1906

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We don't see much of these nowadays with so many of us using our phones for the purpose, but the photo album is one of the more interesting artifacts found in the Homestead's historic artifact collection.  Tonight's highlighted object from the museum's holdings is an album with thick boards and a... Continue Reading →

“The Pale Faces Are Overrunning Their Country”: California’s Indigenous People in a “Report of Indians Taxed and Indians Not Taxed in The United States,” 1894

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Homestead volunteers Mary Lou and Wes Maury donated, the same day volunteer Sherri Salmans donated the Pacific Coast Architect magazine highlighted here over the week, a remarkable and massive 683-page report, cumbersomely titled as these are wont to be Report of Indians Taxed and Indians Not Taxed in the United States (Except Alaska)... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord in the Portrait Gallery: A Press Photo of Singer June Parker, Los Angeles, 9 August 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When it comes to naming women blues singers of the 1920s, the top of the list usually includes the trifecta of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Mamie Smith, black women who were able to make their mark in an industry controlled by whites and performed almost exclusively by men, including in... Continue Reading →

Read All About It in “The Los Angeles Express,” 8 August 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For information about the height of greater Los Angeles' first period of significant and sustained growth, which lasted from the late 1860s through the mid 1870s, one of the best sources comes from newspapers, including the three major English-language dailies, the Star, the Herald and the Express. The Homestead is fortunate to have a... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled: “The ‘New Freedom’ in School Architecture” in Pacific Coast Architect Magazine, January 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The school year has began for some schools, while others will be opening in days and weeks to come—this happening, of course, amid this most unusual of circumstances and controversy with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  This latest entry in the "Getting Schooled" series is one that deals with a subject we... Continue Reading →

“The Magic Mecca of Southern California”: A Breezy Take on Los Angeles in “The Outlook”, 5 August 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The stunning transformation of Los Angeles and its environs during the Homestead's interpretive era of 1830 to 1930 can be viewed many ways, but one notable example is how rapidly the City of Angels came to be regarded by early 20th century as a major American city in the media. Tonight's... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: “La Revue de Deauville” from the Deauville Beach Club, Santa Monica, August 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri During boom times, it is hardly surprising to see, historically, a rise among the elites in memberships in country clubs, social clubs, athletic clubs and other like organizations and greater Los Angeles certainly had its share of these during much of the Homestead's interpretive era, especially from the 1870s through the... Continue Reading →

“Marshalling for Anti-Saloon War”: Fighting for Temperance in “The Searchlight,” August 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the long march of the temperance movement in America, among the most active of the forces fighting against alcoholic beverage manufacture, sale and consumption were religious figures.  When Prohibition was enacted by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and put into effect in January 1920, a century ago this year,... Continue Reading →

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