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Looking northeast towards Brighton Beach
Nicholas Beyelia, May 25, 2018

At some point in 1889 the president and (later) chairman of the board of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, Jackson A. Graves, decided that his Alhambra residence simply wasn’t as relaxing for his family as he would like.


4 autographs from the Lummis Collection
Rudy Ruiz, May 18, 2018

Former City Librarian Charles F. Lummis approached the Library Board of Directors in October of 1905 and recommended that a system of collecting autographs be put in place:


Cinco de Mayo plus colorful banners
Tina Lerno, May 04, 2018

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating just one event: The Battle of Puebla, which was a day of victory for the Mexican army against the French in 1862. Over 150 years later, people still mistake the holiday for Mexican Independence Day which is September 16.


Young Japanese girls brave the early morning rain to bid farewell to friends leaving for Manzanar relocation camp
Photo Friends, May 01, 2018

In the spring of 1942, the City of Los Angeles experienced a population exodus triggered by a presidential executive order. Images in the Los Angeles Public Library's Herald Examiner Collection and Shades of L.A.


vintage postcard of central library
Glen Creason, April 28, 2018

"It happened in New York, April 10th, nineteen years ago. Even my hand balks at the date. I had to push to write it down, just to keep the pen moving on the paper.


Photo of a drawing by Edward Vischer of El Aliso at the Vignes winery
Kelly Wallace, April 27, 2018

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

—Trees by Joyce Kilmer


Portrait of John James Audubon and a collage of his bird illustrations
Keith Chaffee, April 24, 2018

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785.


two bookplates

During the Middle Ages and the early modern era, owning a book was a rare and precious thing.


yogi bear and boo boo bear cartoon
Glen Creason, April 21, 2018

The best way to celebrate the National Park System in America is to stand on the hallowed ground of any one of them and just look around. They never fail to fill you with wonder and genuine pride in the treasures that exist in this country.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shoots his famous skyhook shot
Keith Chaffee, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1947, Lew Alcindor was born; he would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players basketball has ever known; since his retirement, he has focused much of his time on writing.


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