Wo/Men at Work: The 3 June 1925 Issue of “The Broadway World” Employee Magazine

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the awful circumstances of this COVID-19 pandemic involving so much loss of life, we are also seeing the dramatic and extraordinary financial effects, including closure of so many businesses that it can be head-spinning. Obviously, brick-and-mortar stores have been increasingly challenged by online retailing for years, but the current situation... Continue Reading →

Portrait Gallery and Female Justice Preview: A Cabinet Photo of Minita (Mattie) Gussie Storke, Los Angeles, 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The second or four installments of this year's Female Justice series, a program developed and run by my colleague Gennie Truelock, takes place virtually this coming Sunday the 7th @ 2 p.m.  This Zoom lecture concerns the remarkably rocky life of Yda (pronounced Eye-dah) Addis, a talented poet and writer who... Continue Reading →

Take It On Faith While Striking a Chord: An Invitation to The Home Concert of the The Men’s Glee Club of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1 June 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The very popular television show, Glee, is a recent reminder of how glee clubs at high schools and colleges has long been a part of our educational system, though there are other examples of such organizations elsewhere, including at churches. The word "glee" is said to derive from an Old English... Continue Reading →

That’s a Wrap: Movie Night at the California Valencia Orange Show, Anaheim, 30 May 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A recent post here highlighted the 1928 Whittier Avocado Show, the fifth edition of a multi-day exposition to promote what was still considered a novelty fruit (and often derided as an "alligator pear"), though its importance was growing rapidly during the late 1920s.  Just several days later, the eighth annual California... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled: The Puente Union High School Yearbook, Imagaga, 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For graduating high school seniors, this 2019-2020 school year will obviously stand out in history given that the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures meant the challenges of distance learning to close out the last couple months of the academic year and the extraordinary circumstances surrounding drive-through and virtual graduations. Still, the... Continue Reading →

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