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Mystery History No. 12

Mystery History No. 12

What is this? Where are we? In this 1910 photo, a float passes by during the Shriners Electric Parade, which took place in Pasadena that year because the annual Shriners National Conclave was here. Other years, it was everywhere from New York to L.A. Thousands of incandescent bulbs were used to outline the designs of [...]

LitFest Pasadena 2.0

LitFest Pasadena 2.0

Last year the inaugural LitFest Pasadena was a great success with over 1,800 people coming to Central Park for a full slate of activities that made everybody’s day. This year, LitFest Pasadena 2.0 will be held Saturday, May 11th and will feature more than 80 renowned authors and performers, and 40 exhibitors, including some of [...]

When City Hall Was a Hole in the Ground

When City Hall Was a Hole in the Ground

          Here are historic photos from the mid-1920s when our beloved Pasadena City Hall was under construction. Before the digging began: Parking Day or Nite (but not for much longer!): When the land was still being cleared:   They’re off and running: All Saints Church peeking over the palms: Note all [...]

Mystery History No.11

Mystery History No.11

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1934 photo, demolition of the Horace Mann building at Pasadena High School is in full swing where Pasadena City College stands today. There were orange groves and the old Grant School at the 18-acre stie when construction of the PHS campus began, and the campus began to take [...]

Ann Erdman: Coming to Terms

Ann Erdman: Coming to Terms

Many of my ancestors can be found in the six-volume set of books titled Notable Southern Families. That’s great news for anyone doing genealogy research because the books include the begats as well as American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War information about hundreds upon hundreds of people. The reason so many of my [...]

Mystery History No. 10

Mystery History No. 10

What is this? And where are we? In this December 1951 photo, able-bodied Pasadena Police Officer Robert Hultman uses a wheelchair as he marks car tires while smelling the lovely aroma of iconic Pasadena roses. The wheelchair kept him low to the ground so he didn’t have to bend up and down all the time. [...]

Mystery History No. 9

Mystery History No. 9

What is this? And where are we? In this photo, former Pasadena City Manager Phil Hawkey emerges on the “bridge” at City Hall as Hawkman during a Halloween event for city employess on October 27, 1994. Hawkman stood for truth in government, justice for all employees, and the Pasadena Way. Every year, Phil (aided by [...]

Mystery History No. 7

Mystery History No. 7

Where are we? And what’s happening? This photo was taken on Nov. 26, 1952. Members of the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena pose in costume for the club’s American Heritage Day pageant. Left to right are Mrs. Don C. McMillan (wife of Pasadena’s city manager at the time), Mrs. I. William King, Miss Helen C. Houson, Mrs. Anne [...]

Mystery History No. 6

Mystery History No. 6

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1932 photo, Dr. E=mc2 himself, Albert Einstein, and his wife Elsa are given a huge send-off as they prepare to leave Pasadena after one of their sojourns here.     Here’s a more revealing shot: I did screen captures from a historic video that you’ll find here. In the early [...]

Mystery History No. 5

Mystery History No. 5

Where are we? What is happening? In the circa 1887 photo above, two adult males hang out on the back side of a barn that was used temporarily as living quarters. During the building boom of 1886 to 1888, settlers were teeming to put down roots in the newly incorporated city. Many put up barns [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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Camelot and Vine

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