“A School for Scandal”: A Letter from Agnes Temple to Thomas W. Temple II, January 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Two years ago, the Homestead received a donation of Temple family letters, mostly from the 1920s, by descendant Ruth Ann Michaelis, whose father Edgar, was the youngest of the four surviving children of Walter P. Temple and Laura Gonzalez, owners of the Homestead at the time. These letters are fascinating to... Continue Reading →

Spanish-Language Theater Handbills, Los Angeles, 9-10 January 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When it comes to finding material on live theater in Los Angeles that catered to white English-language speakers during the early part of the 20th century, sources are abundant.  Programs, broadsides, and other material are not uncommon and newspaper resources are easy to find.  This is one of the many reflections... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Echo Rock at Mt. Wilson, ca. 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly four decades, during the "Great Hiking Era" of the 1890s to the 1930s, the San Gabriel Mountains were a highly popular place for outdoor activity of many kinds: camping, fishing, resort stays and visits and, especially, hiking.  Documenting much of this activity with hundreds of published photographs, usually in... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord with a Grand Opera Festival, Los Angeles, December 1912-January 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the many indications that Los Angeles was, in the first years of the 20th century, emerging into a major American metropolis was the growth of the arts.  This applied to the so-called "legitimate theater" as well as the onrush of film; the increase in the "fine arts"; the 1913 opening... Continue Reading →

The Fire at the Belmont Hotel, Los Angeles, 16 December 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This is a story that embraces many notable elements of late 19th century Los Angeles, including the city's westward growth; the famed Boom of the 1880s; transportation; leisure and travel; developments in higher education; real estate development and speculation; urban planning; religion; water supply; firefighting; and photography as a tool for... Continue Reading →

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