“Keep the White Spot White”: Promoting Industrial Development by the Greater Los Angeles Association, 21 April 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In its astronomical growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Los Angeles was increasingly among the vanguard in the unparalleled trajectory of economic development in America.  Such phenomenal conditions bred seemingly illimitable confidence, especially among boosters, concerning the possibilities for where the national and regional economies could go. As... Continue Reading →

“In the Big City Class”: A “Progress Map” of The Union Terminal Warehouse District of Los Angeles, April and September 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the many essential elements of the transformation of greater Los Angeles during the Homestead's interpretive time period of 1830 to 1930 none are more important than the economic environment that made the region the predominant one on the American West Coast. The City of Angels was not necessarily predestined for... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes: Metropolitan Warehouse and Industrial District Opening, January 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We're three days away from the Ticket to the Twenties festival this weekend and today's post follows on the heels of the last two concerning the development of infrastructure for a rapidly-expanding greater Los Angeles.  Yesterday's post discussed traffic planning for the region's streets and highways and Monday's talked about the... Continue Reading →

Wo/Men at Work: Klein-Simpson Fruit Company Warehouse Workers, ca. late 1910s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The first major industrial core of Los Angeles emerged in the area east of Alameda Street and west of the Los Angeles River and included a produce district that counted as one its major firms, the Klein-Simpson Fruit Company. The company was originally two separate entities.  Frank Simpson, a native of... Continue Reading →

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