Through the Viewfinder: Los Angeles “Joss House,” ca. 1898

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's "Through the Viewfinder" entry highlights a stereoscopic photograph, published about 1898 by the Garden City Foto [yes, "foto"!] Company and is titled "Joss house, Los Angeles, Cal." The term "joss house" was applied by English speakers to a Chinese place of worship, shrine or temple.  In this case, the structure,... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry General Plan, 1971, Part Six

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Continuing with an in-depth look at the City of Industry's General Plan, which is still in effect, we take a look at more recommendations for improvement in the city's operations. One key component was the creation of a "Civic-Financial Center," proposed near the existing local station for the Los Angeles County... Continue Reading →

On This Day: William Workman’s Commemoration of His Family’s Arrival in Los Angeles, 5 November 1841

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Surviving accounts of the arrival of the so-called Rowland and Workman Expedition to greater Los Angeles vary as to date. Teenage naturalist William Gambel wrote to his mother in January 1842 that it arrived in Los Angeles "the last of November."  Benjamin D. Wilson, in an 1877 interview, recalled that the... Continue Reading →

Today’s 48th District Agricultural Association Awards Luncheon

by Paul R. Spitzzeri I've had the privilege in the last few years of judging mission projects for the 48th District Agricultural Association for its annual spring Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Fair, held at the Fairplex in Pomona. Today, I attended, for the second consecutive year, the award luncheon for teachers and schools who were... Continue Reading →

La La Landscapes: San Juan Capistrano Mission Gardens, ca. 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This installment of "La La Landscapes" focuses on a trio of snapshots taken by members of the Temple family when they visited San Juan Capistrano and enjoyed its beautiful gardens, probably in summer 1926.  The mission, the seventh established of the twenty-one in Alta California, has its official founding date as... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry General Plan, 1971, Part Five

by Paul R. Spitzzeri With the first four parts of this series looking at the 1971 City of Industry General Plan, which is still in effect, from the perspective of existing conditions and general comments about what to do to improve the city, today's post looks at the general plan's fundamental conclusions and recommendations. First,... Continue Reading →

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