Old Los Angeles and Pasadena in Vintage Postcards (Postcard History)
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Covering the history and geography of Los Angeles and Pasadena between 1900 and 1950, the collection of over 200 vintage postcards compiled in this new volume offers a unique glimpse into turn-of-the-century southern California. As communication by postcards became popular in the late 19th century, those who received them were offered a rare view of the "right here, right now" aspect that only postcard photography could offer. From the earliest images of the Angels' Flight in Los Angeles, to the Tournament of Roses parades gliding down Colorado Street, the authors celebrate the history of these two beautiful cities through the personal medium of vintage postcards.
(Published by Newman Post Card. Co., Los Angeles.) PLAZA IN CHINA CITY. Los Angeles’ Chinatown used to be located on the present site of the Union Station; it was moved in the 1930s to accommodate the building of the station. Now it flourishes between the 100 and 1000 blocks of North Broadway. It is one of Los Angeles’ major ethnic communities, containing approximately 10,000 inhabitants. The Chinese first came to Los Angeles during the Gold Rush to work in the mines and to build the railroads.
Pasadena as much as we have enjoyed assembling them. LOS ANGELES One DOWNTOWN STREETS AND BUILDINGS LOS ANGELES LOOKING SOUTH FROM COURT HOUSE. A fine, inclusive view here of Los Angeles looking down Broadway shows several important aspects of the city about 1905. The courthouse (not seen) was located at Broadway and Temple. The tower at left center belonged to the City Hall, rising noticeably above the flat-topped buildings which were required at the time. The area at upper right was Bunker
excursion trip to Mount Lowe. The snow on the mountains provided an exciting contrast to the Southern California weather down belo. (Published by M. Kashower Co., Los Angeles.) ECHO MOUNTAIN AND MOUNT LOWE FROM PASADENA. Looking at these mountains from below, they seemed an inaccessible wilderness, and, indeed they were until Prof. Lowe opened his railroad in 1893. Highways up the mountains didn’t come until the 1930s. (Published by Detroit Publishing Co., Detroit.) THE VALLEY FROM MOUNT LOWE
the summer as a focal point for various festivals presented by ethnic communities. The sender says, “Tonight we are going to see Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush. The picture was taken in the High Sierra Mtns.” (Published by Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles.) CENTRAL PARK, SHOWING AUDITORIUM HOTEL. Central Park (now Pershing Square) is located in the heart of downtown, circumscribed by Fifth, Hill, Sixth, and Olive Streets. Though landscaped in various ways since it was designated
by Van Ornum Colorprint Co., Los Angeles.) Four CHURCHES AND RESIDENCES LOS ANGELES MISSION. Also known as Our Lady, Queen of the Angels, Los Angeles Mission is the city’s oldest church, standing on Main Street facing the Old Plaza. It was begun in 1784 and rebuilt in 1822, with the plain exterior typical of what became California mission style. (Published by Pacific Novelty Co., San Francisco.) THE PLAZA CHURCH. A later picture of Los Angeles Mission shows an additional building at right, as