Victorian Fair Preview: Lemuel S. Ellis and Son, Landscape Photographers of 1880s Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Well, tomorrow is almost here and our Victorian Fair of the Far West comes to the Homestead for a weekend of music, dancing, presentations, house tours, vendors, crafts, pie-eating contests and more.  In the lead-up to the event, we've posted this week under the heading of "Victorian Fair Preview" with emphasis... Continue Reading →

Victorian Fair Preview: Connecting with Nature in the Garden of Cameron E. Thom, Los Angeles, mid-1880s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We're just a few days from this weekend's Victorian Fair of the Far West and the weather looks like it'll be fine for spring with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.  The Homestead's landscaping will be in a fine state, as well, with roses blooming, our demonstration vineyard's vines rapidly... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: The Los Angeles County Court House, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the Homestead's collection of rare 1870s stereoscopic photographs of greater Los Angeles, the most represented of the early photographers at work in the city is Henry T. Payne. Part of this is because Payne purchased the Sunbeam Gallery of William M. Godfrey and then reissued Godfrey's views under his own... Continue Reading →

On This Day: The Wedding of F.P.F. Temple and Antonia Margarita Workman, 30 September 1845

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In late June 1841, Pliny Fisk Temple, who'd turned 19 while at sea en route from Boston, arrived at Los Angeles for what apparently was to be a one-year visit in the frontier Mexican pueblo.  When he came to the City of Angels, Pliny made the acquaintance of his half-brother Jonathan... Continue Reading →

Portrait Gallery: Felix Signoret, Los Angeles, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier Los Angeles, one of the deeply rooted problems in the little city was crime and the difficulties the criminal justice system had in dealing with it.  Between 1850 and 1875, lynching was sometimes employed by citizens whose frustration with perceived and real ineffectiveness of the... Continue Reading →

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