Curious Cases: Lawyers of Los Angeles, 1850-1875, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Sunday's Curious Cases presentation on lawyers in greater Los Angeles during the period 1850-1875 covered many attorneys practicing in the town as it gradually grew from a remote frontier community to a nascent city.  During that quarter century, virtually all the practicing barristers in the area were Americans, though there were... Continue Reading →

On This [St. Patrick’s] Day: David W. Alexander, 1810-1886

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The earliest known photograph of Homestead patriarch William Workman was taken about 1851 or 1852, allegedly by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady in New York, and shows the 50-something Workman with David Watt Alexander, a friend of long standing with whom he traveled to and/or from England during Workman's only... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Northwest Corner of Main and First, Los Angeles, 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This entry in the "Through the Viewfinder" series highlights a snapshot, taken on 15 August 1926 by Thomas Ward, of the northwest corner of Main and 1st streets in downtown Los Angeles.  While we don't know the particular motivation for Ward's interest in this intersection, his image came at a time... Continue Reading →

Treading the Boards: George Arliss in “Old English” at the Biltmore Theatre, late December 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It's been a while since a new series of posts was introduced here, so here is one relating to the change in "serious" and "artistic" entertainment relating to drama and the theater in Los Angeles, of which the Homestead's collection has a number of interesting artifacts. There is also a connection... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Spring Street North from Fourth Street, Los Angeles, ca. 1902

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After a difficult decade of depression and drought, the first years of the 20th century brought a new economic and population boom in greater Los Angeles, following the Boom of the 1880s and the smaller growth spurt in the decade after the Civil War. Today's "Through the Viewfinder" highlights a snapshot... Continue Reading →

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