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 →

On This Day: A Letter from Hiram A. Unruh to Walter P. Temple, 20 December 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the controversial and colorful capitalist whose eight years were filled with remarkable events, evidently earned his nickname when he left San Francisco during a rapidly rising bubble in Virginia City, Nevada silver mine stock.  The story goes that he'd left instructions to sell the stock when it... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cartoons in “Harper’s Weekly,” 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This third in a series of posts highlighting the striking and compelling Christmas cartoons published in the popular publication, Harper's Weekly, moves us into another decade, following its predecessors which looked at 1858 and 1863 editions of the magazine. The 26 December 1874 edition from the Homestead's holdings puts pathos and pensiveness front... Continue Reading →

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