All the Right Notes: The Repurposing of a Temple and Workman Bank Check, 31 July 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Tonight's featured object from the Homestead's holdings is another recent donation, this one a Temple and Workman bank check from Gus and Heike Gort, who are estate dealers in Murrieta.  The Gorts acquired papers associated with William S. Chapman, who was highlighted in yesterday's post concerning a Workman and Brother saddlery... Continue Reading →

Back in the Saddle Again: A Billhead from Workman and Brother, Los Angeles, 16 October 1871

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Friend of the Homestead Michael Patris of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society recently made a very generous donation of the highlighted artifact from the Homestead's collection for tonight's post: a billhead of Workman and Brother, saddle and harness makers of long-standing in Los Angeles and which is made out to William... Continue Reading →

Yda Addis and Her Criminal Libel Trial, 1899

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Even with the unconventional nature of her life through controversies with powerful men like former California governor John G. Downey, Harper's Monthly Magazine editor Charles Dudley Warner, and former husband and lawyer, politician and district attorney Charles A. Storke, the events that led to the end of Yda Addis' public life and... 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 →

Games People Play: A Press Photo of Track and Field Star Lillian Copeland, Los Angeles, 21 May 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the Homestead's collection of historic artifacts related to sports, there is a lack of objects relating to women, but tonight's featured item is a press photograph from this day in 1926 of the remarkable Lillian Copeland, a sophomore at the University of Southern California, who was a dual world's record... Continue Reading →

Taking Stock: A Letter from Southern California Edison Company to Walter P. Temple, 18 May 1921

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the most revolutionary developments during the Homestead's interpretive era of 1830-1930 undoubtedly was the establishment of electricity as a power source, with it having massive influences on people's schedules, whether for work or pleasure; how houses were outfitted and utilized for cooking, cleaning, personal care and in myriad other... Continue Reading →

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