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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 [...]

Mystery History Comes to Town

Mystery History Comes to Town

Where are we? What’s happening? In the photo to the right, the tents are all set up in the Arroyo Seco for the Clyde Beatty and Russell Brothers’ Combined Circus, which was in town for two days in May 1944.       Here’s an excerpt from a Pasadena Star-News article published May 4, 1944: [...]

James A. Garfield: Mystery History

James A. Garfield: Mystery History

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1903 photo, young students plant gardens at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The school, at what is now the northeast corner of Pasadena Avenue and California Boulevard, was designed by the firm Ridgeway, Stewart & Son in the Anglo-Teutonic style. It opened in 1888 on a large [...]

9th Circuit Court Mystery History

9th Circuit Court Mystery History

What is this? What’s happening here? Editor’s Note: please welcome the second installment of Ann Erdman’s “Mystery History” column, where she provides the seldom known details of locally historical photographs. One of Ann’s readers, Wanda, guessed correctly: “Guests are enjoying their stay at the Arroyo Vista Guest House, which later became the Vista del Arroyo [...]

Mystery History

Mystery History

Where are we? And what’s happening? Editor’s Note: Ann Erdman, newly retired Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, has kindly agreed to regularly share with Hometown Pasadena readers her love of local history,…and clear up some of its many pictorial mysteries. In this 1940 photo, members of the Sorelle Club, a Pasadena City [...]

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