What Mother's Day Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
Mrs. Elwood Berney lying in bed with her children
Relax Mother! 1965, Valley Times Collection

In the United States, Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries, it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates. Such as in most Arab countries, Mother's Day is always celebrated on the 21st of March, which is the Spring equinox, and in Great Britain, Mother's Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. No matter what day you celebrate, brunch is always in order, well at least according to Mom!

Here are some fun images from our menu and photo collections. Though the prices and fashions sure have changed, the sentiment remains the same. Mom is hungry, feed her!


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Mother's Day brunch menu, Sheraton Palace Hotel, 1967: Menu Collection

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Mother's Day brunch menu, Henry's Fashion, 1962: Menu Collection

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Mother's Day brunch menu, San Moritz Restaurant, 1951: Menu Collection

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Mother's Day brunch menu, Pig'N Whistle Restaurant, 1939: Menu Collection

mom feeding baby while brother looks on

"It looks like Mother's Day will be much like any other day for Mrs. Sherry Raser, 25, of North Hollywood", 1958: Valley Times Collection
Chinese American women with children and their grandmother, Alice Lee (center) on Mother's Day, 1957
Chinese American women with children and their grandmother, Alice Lee on Mother's Day, 1957: Shades of L.A.
Lucille Ball wears a special Mother's Day rose
Lucille Ball wears a special Mother's Day rose, 1954: Herald-Examiner Collection 
very aged woman is presented a large cake decorated in the shape of a book entitled, "Mother Mine," on Mother's Day in Montebello. 1928
"A very aged woman is presented a large cake decorated in the shape of a book entitled, 'Mother Mine,' on Mother's Day in Montebello", 1928

 

 

 

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