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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 [...]

Artifacts of the Playhouse District

Artifacts of the Playhouse District

Old Town may have been Pasadena’s original town center, but for many decades the Playhouse District has been its cultural and artistic nexus. It’s also home to a staggering number of architecturally significant buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the district has been in the news lately, [...]

Pasadena: Part of Upton Sinclair’s ‘EPIC’ Battleground (Part 2 of 2)

Pasadena: Part of Upton Sinclair’s ‘EPIC’ Battleground (Part 2 of 2)

When author Upton Sinclair swept the California gubernatorial primaries in August 1934, he achieved a phenomenal feat. Until then, Democrats in California had been a marginal presence, but Sinclair’s End Poverty in California (EPIC) campaign “brought a Democratic party into existence,” as Baltimore Sun reporter Carey McWilliams recalled in 1982, and was “the acorn from which evolved [...]

Pasadena: Part of Upton Sinclair’s ‘EPIC’ Battleground (Part 1 of 2)

Pasadena: Part of Upton Sinclair’s ‘EPIC’ Battleground (Part 1 of 2)

Early in October 1934, the California Real Estate Association was holding its annual convention at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara. “California Straight Ahead” was the theme of the three-day event, whose honorary guests included Harry H. Culver, founder of Culver City, Nevada governor Morley Griswold, and California governor Frank Merriam. The 1934 convention was [...]

Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Since 1964, the drab warehouse at 835 S. Raymond Avenue has served as one of several float-decorating venues for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. From 1969-70, it also rang with the guitars of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and other bands. Though neither aesthetically nor acoustically impressive, in one year the Rose Palace presented a [...]

A Civil Rights Leader’s Pasadena Ordeal

A Civil Rights Leader’s Pasadena Ordeal

The headlines splashed across the local papers the next day. “Arrest Negro Lecturer for Morals Accusation,” stated the Pasadena Independent. Bayard Rustin, the civil rights organizer who would become famous for organizing the March on Washington, had been arrested on a charge of “vagrancy and lewd behavior” by Pasadena police officers. Rustin had recently returned from [...]

City Film Censors Were the Bane of Local Theater Owners

City Film Censors Were the Bane of Local Theater Owners

In April 1914, the Pasadena Star reported that city officials were seeking censors “who are not extreme in any direction” to head a panel ensuring cinemagoers would not be exposed to lewd or immoral films. Though theater owners may have been dismayed, Pasadena’s censorship program delighted the moral watchdogs of the city. By March 1915, [...]

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

Awhile back, we wrote about abolitionist John Brown’s three children and son-in-law, who settled in Pasadena in the 1880s. Though certainly the most famous, they were far from being the only abolitionists in early Pasadena; nor were they the only ones with connections to John Brown. The city’s ties to the pre-Civil War antislavery movement were [...]

When a Master of Suspense Met a Caltech Scientist, the Results Were “Explosive”

When a Master of Suspense Met a Caltech Scientist, the Results Were “Explosive”

In the spring of 1945, filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ben Hecht were hard at work on their latest project—Notorious, a story of expatriate Nazis hiding out in South America. Hitchcock and Hecht had pulled together the plot from parts of a Saturday Evening Post serial and real-life spy tales from Hitchcock’s friends in the Ministry [...]

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