“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 →

From Point A to Point B: A Pacific Electric Railway Pocket Time Table, June 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the many transformations in greater Los Angeles touched upon in my remarks yesterday to the Homestead's Non-Fiction Book Club was about the massive changes in transportation that took place during the time period covered in the club's most recent book, Jackson Lears' Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern... Continue Reading →

The Sesquicentennial of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, 10 May 1869

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Contemplated for decades, planned starting in the early 1850s, and built during and after the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad, a symbol of connecting the breadth of America from east to west, was completed on this day in 1869 with the symbolic driving of a golden spike at Promontory, Utah, some... Continue Reading →

Sharing History on Double Duty at the Homestead and in Chino Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Baseball Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks once reportedly said, "It's a beautiful day—let's play two."  On those rare occasions like today, I could easily adapt the great infielder's quote and exclaim, "It's a beautiful day—let's give two talks." The first presentation was at the Homestead for customers... 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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