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Mystery History No. 19

Mystery History No. 19

Where are we and what’s happening? In the photo to the right, an unidentified man waves farewell just before dawn on March 23, 1942, after being processed at the Rose Bowl Stadium for residency at the Manzanar internment camp. The stadium, Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia and the Fairplex in Pomona were among the processing centers and [...]

Mystery History No. 18

Mystery History No. 18

What’s happening here? With apologies for the morbidity, in the photo to the right, City of Pasadena public safety personnel look over the rubble left behind after a grandstand collapsed during the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 1926. Eight spectators died. It was a terrible tragedy that, thanks to resulting regulations for careful construction and inspection [...]

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 2 of 4): The Mission Theater

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 2 of 4): The Mission Theater

By Sheryl Peters, Pasadena Museum of History docent, researcher, and educator Clune’s Broadway Theater, built by William (Billy) Clune on Eva Fenyes’ property at 528 South Broadway in Los Angeles, opened in October 1910. Just months later, in March of 1911, Clune’s Pasadena Theater opened at 61 West Colorado Street. While Eva did not own [...]

City Hall Historic Photos

City Hall Historic Photos

I think this must have been shot from the top of All Saints. That’s the St. Andrew’s Church tower in the background, mid-right. I’m not sure what the church is on the far right. Maybe Pasadena Congregational at the southeast corner of Los Robles and Walnut? Anybody have a better guess? No hard hats, no [...]

Mystery History No. 17: Apropos This Week

Mystery History No. 17: Apropos This Week

In this photo, ground is being excavated in 1923 for a new swimming pool — called a “plunge” — at Brookside Park to replace the original. In 1912 the City of Pasadena purchased 30 acres of land known as Sheep Corral Springs for the development of a park in the Arroyo Seco. For many years [...]

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 1 of 4): Los Angeles

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 1 of 4): Los Angeles

By Sheryl Peters Eva Fenyes came to Pasadena in 1896, attracted by the temperate climate, the beautiful landscape, and the quality of light which is so unique to Southern California. Eva was a watercolor artist and a patron of the arts, commissioning and collecting work to be hung in the mansion she built at 170 [...]

History Mystery No. 16

History Mystery No. 16

Where are we? And what’s happening? This photo was one of many taken to document the installation of new traffic signals in downtown Pasadena. Unfortunately the year and specific intersection are not identified. Here’s the best guess as to the date, according to Pasadena Public Library research staff: This photo was taken for the Pasadena [...]

Mystery History No. 15

Mystery History No. 15

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1986 photo, children climb the Ant Wall at the original location of Kidspace Children’s Museum inside the McKinley School gymnasium where they were located for 20 years. In a move that was somewhat controversial at the time, Kidspace relocated in 2004 to the former Fannie E. Morrison Horticultural Center, which they spent five years [...]

Mystery History No. 14

Mystery History No. 14

Where are we? And, what’s happening? In this January 1990 photo, a U.S. Department of Agriculture technician in protective gear passes a gardener on Coronet Avenue in Pasadena, one of many areas where malathion was sprayed to exterminate medflies. It was sprayed in neighborhoods where fruit trees are common. Beginning in February 1990, our community became a test case for [...]

Beetling, Building, and Painting with Eva & Adalbert Fenyes

Beetling, Building, and Painting with Eva & Adalbert Fenyes

A lot was happening that spring in 1906.  To begin with, Eva and Adalbert Fenyes were on a railway journey across the United States and Canada.  In early May, the Los Angeles Times announced their pending departure. “They will leave Pasadena Wednesday or Thursday and will first travel in the Southwest. From New Orleans they [...]

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