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Mystery History No. 34

Mystery History No. 34

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1886 photo, right, All Saints Church is decorated for Christmas services.     Here’s a more modern look at All Saints at Christmas:     All Saints was founded in 1883, the first Episcopal parish in Pasadena. Members who had begun meeting in a private home three years […]

Mystery History No. 33

Mystery History No. 33

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1935 photo (right), Joseph Barry, J. Louis Comiskey, and Harry Grabiner sit on an arroyo stone wall at Brookside Park while the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game during spring training. From 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1950, the Chicago White Sox had their spring […]

Mystery History No. 32

Mystery History No. 32

Where are we? What’s happening? In the 1923 photo, right, a couple looks at a brand new car that would be raffled off for 50¢ a ticket during a Pasadena Elks Lodge carnival at the then-vast Tournament Park. I don’t know the make or model of the car. Anybody? The carnival included rides, a sideshow… […]

Mystery History No. 31

Mystery History No. 31

Where are we? And what’s happening? I stumped everyone this week. See what happens when you don’t see an exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History?I shot this photo straight from the wall in the north gallery, where the exhibition Crown City Jubilee celebrated institutions in Pasadena’s history. One section was about schools and included the photo below. The […]

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring the Fallen

Some of you may know that I serve on the Citizen Support Group for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center in Pasadena—2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, commonly known as 2/23. The center will be open to the public Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. for the dedication of a memorial to fallen U.S. Marines who made the ultimate […]

Mystery History No. 30

Mystery History No. 30

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1930 photo, right, a delivery man poses with an American Austin coupe in front of the Royal Laundry complex at 443 S. Raymond Ave. at Bellevue Street.         Here is the original photo before I retouched it (badly) and cropped it:   Established in 1910 just down […]

Mystery History No. 29

Mystery History No. 29

Where are we? What’s happening? Tuesday’s guess by Daniel: “Colorado Street Bridge, temporary suicide prevention fence – sometime in the 1930’s.”       In the Aug. 9, 1937, noir-esque photo above, a man pauses to look through the tall, chain link, suicide prevention fence topped with barbed wire on the Colorado Street Bridge. It […]

Mystery History No. 28

Mystery History No. 28

Where are we? What’s happening? In the circa 1900 photo (right), men lounge in what is identified on the back as “the rotunda” at the Hotel Green. I did a somewhat comprehensive post about the Hotel Green on my Pasadena PIO blog in 2011. You can see that post here for plenty of background. A couple of […]

Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy

In this 1935 photo, Sgt. Bailey supervises firearms instruction with two female employees (not sworn officers) of the Pasadena Police Department at the firing range in Eaton Canyon. Last Wednesday the Citizens Police Academy class spent the day at the same location. A few things have changed since then: The firing range is indoors now Women aren’t […]

Mystery History No. 27

Mystery History No. 27

Where are we? What’s happening? In the photo (right), Andrew Carnegie, center, walks arm-in-arm with George Ellery Hale, right, outside Mount Wilson Observatory during Carnegie’s week-long visit in 1910 to see what his money had made possible. Carnegie was a self-made, wealthy industrialist who founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington (now called Carnegie Institution for Science), which funded the Mount […]

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