“This Scene of Magic Beauty”: A Photograph of Inglewood, 24 June 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As greater Los Angeles experienced its first significant and sustained period of growth and development during the late 1860s through mid 1870s, one of the many townsites subdivided and put up for sale was Centinela.  The company that created the project featured F.P.F. Temple as its president and the site was... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Real Photo Postcard of Carter’s Camp, Sierra Madre, 16 June 1916

by Paul R. Spitzzeri At the beginning of this year, a post on this blog covered the remarkable juvenile newspaper, The Willow Dale Press, whose entrepreneurs for the one-year life of the sheet, were Florence and Arthur Carter, whose father Nathaniel was, from 1874, owner of the 17-acre "Willow Dale" estate in what is now San... Continue Reading →

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 →

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