Category Archives: 1889

Bastille Day 1889: Los Angeles Celebrates Centennial of French Liberty

July 16, 1889: the Los Angeles Times uses drawings to illustrate reports on the centennial celebration of Bastille Day in Los Angeles.   The streets through which the procession was to pass had been handsomely decorated, those in the French … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, March 21, 1941

        March 21, 1941: Tom Treanor says that the war has created a narcotics shortage in Los Angeles, so that many addicts are getting clean and sober or switching to liquor.  The evidence is mostly anecdotal, however, … Continue reading

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Profiles in Domestic Violence

Aug. 25, 1889: Prince Albert suits for $14 ($331.36 USD, 2008). The late 19th and early 20th century newspapers are full of harrowing stories about domestic violence, usually alcoholic men beating their wives and children. The women in these reports … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

Above, the Nadeau Hotel (sometimes called the Hotel Nadeau) at Spring and 1st streets (now the site of The Times Building), in an undated drawing. An early ad for a business in the Nadeau, 1889. Photograph by the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Spring Street revisited

  C. C. Pierce Photographer, 1572 W. Pico, Los Angeles This photograph of Spring Street, looking south from Temple, is slightly later than the one in the previous entry and was taken about 1896.    Notice that our single-track, horse-drawn … Continue reading

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