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Photo of a drawing by Edward Vischer of El Aliso at the Vignes winery

Forgotten Los Angeles History: El Aliso, the Big Tree of Los Angeles

April 27, 2018

“Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

—Trees by Joyce Kilmer


Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building

The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company

February 22, 2018

In 1920s Los Angeles, insurance companies considered blacks to be either uninsurable or extremely high risk. As a result, blacks were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums.


graphic of chocolates in a heart box, raw chocolate and stacked chocolate candies in wrappers

See's Candy: A Sweet Success Story

February 14, 2018

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz.


Detail of a map of Los Angeles, as it appeared in 1871, showing the site of the 1871 Chinese massacre

Forgotten Los Angeles History: The Chinese Massacre of 1871

May 19, 2017

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month in which we celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


Library cards

What's In Your Wallet?

September 23, 2016


                    “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”


The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today

Revisiting East Adams

May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store. Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.


Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

August 04, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.


Why You Should Take the Ukulele Seriously

May 06, 2015

“The ukulele is a toy guitar and not worth a second thought.”    
           - Hart Stillwell, ESQUIRE, October 1940


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