Drilling for Black Gold with Standard Oil Bulletin, May 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead's interpretation of regional history through the lives of the Workman and Temple families during our focus period of 1830-1930 entails many aspects of greater Los Angeles and its transformation over that century.  Among many economic elements involving members of the families is the oil industry, one of several (oranges,... 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 →

Read All About It: The “Willow Dale Press,” January 1879

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's highlighted artifact from the Homestead's collection is certainly an unusual one: the first of twelve issues of the "Willow Dale Press," an amateur newspaper published by Annetta Florence Carter and her brother, Arthur Nathaniel Carter.  The enterprising siblings were all of 13 and 10 years old. Florence (as she was... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter from Hiram A. Unruh to Walter P. Temple, 20 December 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the controversial and colorful capitalist whose eight years were filled with remarkable events, evidently earned his nickname when he left San Francisco during a rapidly rising bubble in Virginia City, Nevada silver mine stock.  The story goes that he'd left instructions to sell the stock when it... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cartoons in “Harper’s Weekly,” 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This third in a series of posts highlighting the striking and compelling Christmas cartoons published in the popular publication, Harper's Weekly, moves us into another decade, following its predecessors which looked at 1858 and 1863 editions of the magazine. The 26 December 1874 edition from the Homestead's holdings puts pathos and pensiveness front... Continue Reading →

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