“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 →

Striking a Chord with a Victor Records Catalog, June 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri With the evolution of media continuing to bring about staggering transformations in very short periods of time, we've become accustomed to having these changes occur virtually continuously.  In some ways, our sense of wonder is blunted because of how we've been conditioned with revolutions in technology. In the early 20th century,... Continue Reading →

Treading the Boards with “Ken-Geki” at the Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles, 18 June 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For the first half of the 20th century, anti-Japanese sentiment was frequently very strong in greater Los Angeles.  When Chinese migration came to a halt after the 1882 exclusion act passed by Congress, Japanese immigration picked up.  That, too, posed a threat, with the warning of a "yellow peril" sounded in... Continue Reading →

Read All About It in The “Los Angeles Express,” 17 June 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A main source of material on greater Los Angeles during its first significant period of growth and development, which lasted from the late 1860s through the mid 1870s, are newspapers.  Tonight's "Read All About It" entry highlights the 17 June 1874 issue of the Los Angeles Express from the Homestead's collection and... 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 →

On This Day: A Celebration Dinner for the Tweedy Park Subdivision, South Gate, 9 June 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The first years of the 1920s included another one of those major development booms that characterized the growth of greater Los Angeles from the late 1860s onward.  During the early part that decade, there was major development in downtown Los Angeles' commercial and industrial districts, while suburban growth spread in all... 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 →

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