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Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

June 10, 1943. An overcast and unseasonably cold evening in Pasadena. The time: World War II. The place: a street corner at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue. It was the middle of the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles, and on this particular night, two African-American teenagers with a fondness for flamboyant clothing [...]

The Noonday Rest

The Noonday Rest

For those acquainted with the life and accomplishments of early Pasadena resident, Eva Scott Fenyes, trying to imagine her idle may seem very nearly impossible. Even on road trips, when she and her companions would stop by the roadside for a picnic lunch, she remained keenly aware of her surroundings and invariably sketched a memorable [...]

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 [...]

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

“Pasadena Heritage invites you to WALK, LOOK and LISTEN as we celebrate National Preservation Month. Each Saturday in May we will feature a different walking tour, or lecture that will educate, entertain, and highlight a unique part of Pasadena’s history and architecture.”  May 17th: Docent-led walking tours of charming Pasadena neighborhood that was once the [...]

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 [...]

The Story Behind the Painting

The Story Behind the Painting

The model sits comfortably on an old tree stump in a forest glade. Her head is slightly tilted and she gazes directly at the painter. Her costume is styled in the tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico, and she wears huaraches on her feet. On her lap she holds a piece of pottery, a vase or a [...]

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 2)

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 2)

“The Lamanda Park of my time doesn’t exist any longer. The stage is still there, but the players and scenery long gone, so to speak.” – Jody Lorin, 78 Lamanda Park may not be a familiar name to many. Today it’s an ill-defined part of East Pasadena, bisected by Route 66 and hemmed in to [...]

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 [...]

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 1)

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 1)

“It did not take me all these 50 years to decide on the best place to live. Southern California is best, and to me there is no place which can compare with Lamanda Park.” – Iva Engle, interviewed by the Pasadena Star-News, 1927 East of Old Town, west of Arcadia, somewhere along good old Route [...]

In Her Words

In Her Words

“There are a troop of female bull-fighters in our hotel, very nice decent women—modest & quiet & gentle…I asked permission of one of the bull-fighters to take her photo. She was very obliging & took me to her room & showed me her magnificent costumes made in Spain, also the smallish sword with which she [...]

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