Molokane – Russian Immigrants – 1906

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Newsflash from the Past: TAKE TO HILLS IN A SCARE. Deluded Los Angeles Molokane Will Move Tomorrow for Fear of Quake. Los Angeles Times (October 14, 1906) There will be an exodus of the Molokane from Los Angeles tomorrow. The 2000 or more [Russian] colonists will begin their trek from the city early in the […]


Life in Los Angeles: The Roaring 20s

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Los Angeles traffic jam

A pictorial look at Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s! Above photo: A traffic jam in 1920.   A vintage 1920s postcard of Los Angeles’ “Busy Broadway.” The view looks south of 6th Street. Disclosure: The link below is an affiliate link, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if […]


Los Angeles homes (1910-1919)

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Los Angeles homes 1912

A collection of Los Angeles homes in the 1910s. The above photo was taken in 1912.   A neighborhood drive, c. 1912.   A couple stands outside their home at 4210 D South Vermont, c. 1910 – 1913.   A bedroom in Pasadena, CA, circa 1913.   A woman waters her lawn in 1915.   A […]


Central Park – Pershing Square – photos

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Sixth Street Park Los Angeles 1888

Sixth-street Park, now Pershing Square, in 1888. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is in the background.   History of Pershing Square Back in the 1850s, settlers camped on an undeveloped parcel of land near Los Angeles’s original Spanish plaza. As Los Angeles grew, city officials in 1866 designated five acres of the former campground into a park. Because it bordered St. Vincent’s college at […]

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Los(t) Angeles: Ambassador Hotel

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The Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel (Bizarre Los Angeles)

An early view.     An early view of a piano in the lobby.   Another vintage view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel’s original dining and ballroom, circa 1921.   The Ambassador Hotel’s Parrot Porch was one of several less formal dancing and dining rooms located on the ground floor of the Ambassador Hotel […]