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The Lost Airport of East Pasadena

The Lost Airport of East Pasadena
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The small Kinner Airster biplane soared like a hawk over East Pasadena. In it sat a 24-year-old woman in goggles and a battered leather flight jacket. The year was 1921 and the woman was Amelia Earhart, the soon-to-be-famous aviator. On a chilly December day, seven thousand spectators thronged the small Sierra Airdrome in East Pasadena to watch the […]

Painting Los Feliz Adobe

Painting Los Feliz Adobe

“She was never so happy as when motoring and looking for adobes.”[1] One hundred years ago this fall, sometime around the end of November and the beginning of December, Eva Scott Fenyes made a study of an old adobe ranch house in Griffith Park. Her watercolor sketches of the adobe bear November dates and the […]

Pasadena in Song

Pasadena in Song

“Fair Pasadena, Crown of the Valley, Diadem set on the brow of the hills, Bright was the promise thy christening gave thee, And Fate, thy handmaiden, fulfills.”    – William Andrew Spalding, Snatches of Song: With Verses of Lighter and More Sober Moods, 1907 “Pasadena town is where I’m goin’,There ain’t no other town that […]

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… […]

A Class Act

A Class Act

  Back in June, I wrote an article for the Pasadena Weekly on my great-uncle, Helmuth Hormann, who taught theater history at the famous Pasadena Playhouse drama school from 1949 until 1967. Helmuth, or “Tutti,” as my family knew him, died in 2001, at the age of 92, leaving behind a life of deep creativity, […]

75 South Grand Avenue: 1896-1949

75 South Grand Avenue: 1896-1949

Before they married, Eva Scott Muse and Adalbert Fenyes had decided to settle down in California. If there were choices at the time, their list might have included: Egypt, where they had met and where the Doctor practiced medicine at the Helouan Hotel near Cairo; Hungary, the Doctor’s birthplace and where the couple would marry; […]

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 […]

Scenes of the Region

Scenes of the Region

This isn’t a “proper” history article. Rather we’re advocating an event that illustrates representations of our immediate, current world, which are recordings for history. The Pasadena Museum of History invited hundreds of representational artists to create works “featuring scenes of the greater San Gabriel Valley.” The creative results of this invitation may be viewed at the […]

Limited Use, Discard Thereafter: Finding Pasadena’s Past in Old Receipts

Limited Use, Discard Thereafter: Finding Pasadena’s Past in Old Receipts

Rarely do I save grocery receipts. As soon as possible, I shred and recycle those slick strips of white thermal paper that some magical tabulating machine generated with a click and a whir and a generic, “ Thank you. Please visit our website at….” These seemingly bland records of purchase are nonetheless bits of true […]

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 […]

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