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Pasadena Collections

Nov 29, 2015

Fenyes_Mansion_horizontalThe Pasadena Museum of History may seem small, petite, and quaint, yet inside is chock full of historical wealth. The fun of treasure is the idea of the unimaginable and the invaluable, and what PMH holds within its walls is nothing short of priceless.

Besides periodic exhibits such as the current “Fabulous Fashions,” PMH has a whole underground world of bustling museum staff, dedicated volunteers, and history enthusiasts who collect, organize, preserve, and mine the vast collections on site.

Thanks to PMH, let us introduce you to the Museum Collections…

Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collections

These collections reflect the history of these families and the family members’ relationship to Pasadena. The Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers are comprised of the paper collection housed in and accessed through the Research Library and Archives (view the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo index).

The Fenyes Collection is comprised of the contents of the Fenyes Mansion, both on display and in storage. It includes books, textiles, household objects, decorative arts, and fine arts. It is made available through docent-led tours, by appointment, or in special exhibits.

Biographical sketches, based on research in the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers and published online, can be accessed via “History Buff” on the Hometown Pasadena website. Browse articles by Julie Stires and Sheryl Peters.

 

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Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). San Gabriel, San Gabriel, California, 21 October 1902. Watercolor on paper, 7 x 10 in. (ESF.008.2075).

 

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Object Name: Dress, wedding. Manufacturer: Fink. Date: circa 1957. Material: Net, lace, taffeta, appliqué, and sequins. Collection: Costume & Textile. Object ID: 83.1.97

 

Costume and Textile Collection                                                

This collection contains over 3,000 textiles dating from 1859 to 1970, with the majority of the collection dating from 1880 to 1920. The collection is stored archival boxes in a climate-controlled room. Most of the items have a Pasadena or San Gabriel Valley provenance. The costume collection is strong in the area of women’s formal wear, but there are also examples of shoes, hats, handbags, parasols, fur pieces, uniforms, bathing suits, coats, shawls, gloves, handkerchiefs, underwear, stockings and jewelry for women, men, and children. There are separate collections of antique buttons, political and civic badges and ribbons, and quilts. Some noteworthy items in the collection include a Charles Frederick Worth gown, circa 1880; several Rose Queen gowns from the Tournament of Roses; a Red Cross nurse’s uniform and an aviator’s uniform from World War I; and a boy’s Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, circa 1880.

There are approximately three dozen quilts, including several late nineteenth century crazy quilts.

This collection is available to the public by appointment only or when on display. If you are interested in textiles, you may want to consider joining the Textile Arts Council.

 

Object Name: Quilt. Date range: 1937-1942. Material: Cotton/cloth. Collection: Costume & Textile. Object ID: 2012.007.02. Credit line: Gift of Pati Tyler

Object Name: Quilt. Date range: 1937-1942. Material: Cotton/cloth. Collection: Costume & Textile. Object ID: 2012.007.02. Credit line: Gift of Pati Tyler

 

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Object Name: Sign. Date range: 1910-1933. Material: Cement, paint, gold, wire. Dimensions: 23.5 x 36.5 in. Object ID: 2011.001.01. Credit Line: Gift of Sandra Kulli

Object Name: Sign. Date range: 1910-1933. Material: Cement, paint, gold, wire. Dimensions: 23.5 x 36.5 in. Object ID: 2011.001.01. Credit Line: Gift of Sandra Kulli

 

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This collection reflects the various eras in Pasadena’s history through utilitarian, decorative and fine art materials. Holdings include silver used in the dining rooms of Pasadena’s resort hotels; Winfield pottery; paintings and watercolors, especially portraiture and plein air paintings; sports memorabilia; early technology and other business artifacts.

The objects in the Museum storage are used in special exhibits and are available to the public when on display or by appointment.

 

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Object Name: Figurine (Martin in green)

Artist/Manufacturer: Florence Ward/Florence Ceramics Company (Pasadena, CA)

Date range: 1946-1964

Material: Ceramic and gold leaf

Dimensions: 27.5 x 12 x 7.5 cm

Collection: Object Collection

Object ID: 2010.008.05

Credit Line: Gift of Doug Foland

Notes: The Florence Ceramics Company was started in 1942 by Pasadena housewife Florence Ward in the family garage at 1644 North Lake Avenue. Within seven years, the company built a state-of-the art ceramics plant on South San Gabriel Boulevard. Florence Ceramics produced high quality historical and literary figurines, birds, animals, and artware for twenty-four years before being bought out by a rival company in 1964.

 

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The PMH Research Library and Archives are open to the public Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. No appointment necessary. Learn details at PasadenaHistory.org/archives-library.

 

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Tel.: 1.626.577.1660. PasadenaHistory.org.

Exhibitions:
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person; members and children under 12, free

Historic 1906 Fenyes Mansion Tour
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 12:15 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
For complete info, visit tour section here

Also tour the Finnish Folk Art Museum

In 1949, while the Fenyes Mansion doubled as the Finnish Consulate, Consul Y.A. “George” Paloheimo purchased a redwood structure designed by Frederick Roehrig from another Orange Grove Boulevard estate. It was moved to its current location and transformed into a traditional Finnish sauna and guesthouse. Today authentic Finnish artifacts representative of a 19th century “tupa,” or farmhouse, are on display. Presented in partnership with the Finlandia Foundation, the Finnish Folk Art Museum is the only museum of its kind in the United States. (PasadenaHistory.org)

 

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All photos courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History.

 

 




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