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History Mystery No. 41

History Mystery No. 41
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Where are we? And what’s happened? In this Jan. 2, 1933, a young man in an east Indian or Middle Eastern costume (it’s hard to tell) covers a seat on a float for the 44th Rose Parade. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find which float it was. The photo description simply states, “Young man in costume constructing a Tournament […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

The South Pasadena Public Library’s community room was packed. Chairs miraculously appeared a full fifteen minutes into the evening’s history lecture. Local residents, reflecting the area’s diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, had gathered for Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night.” It was a quiet room as Matt launched into his presentation, a lecture accompanied by slides. The topic: Pasadena’s […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

On April 28, Matt Hormann, who has written so many wonderful history articles for Hometown Pasadena over the years—including “A Love that Dared Not Speak Its Name,” “Courage and Cowardice in San Marino,” and “When South Pasadena Was for Whites Only“—comes to South Pas. Library for a History Night presentation entitled “The Darkest Night—The Destruction and Rebirth of […]

Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena

Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena

Civil War, Arsenic and Old Lace in Pasadena by Kirk Myers, Assistant Archivist On January 15, 1942 the Los Angeles Herald Express revisited a story it had reported four months earlier—that there was a “civil war” in Pasadena over the proposed rezoning of South Orange Grove Avenue. “In an atmosphere where the scent of lavender […]

In Her Words

In Her Words

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are re-publishing Julie Stires’ article “In Her Words” about Pasadena icon Eva Scott Fenyes. “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 […]

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Pasadena Pacesetters: The Duncan Family “Despite this area’s long tradition of diversity, much local recorded history has been heavily focused on ‘elite’ elements of local life, with emphasis on topics such as Arroyo culture, Craftsman art and architecture, the Indiana Colony and their citrus groves, and the mansions of the very rich. While important, the […]

Pasadena Collections

Pasadena Collections

The 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 […]

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

The folks at Pasadena Museum of History are pretty happy, maybe even giddy and gleeful, thanks to architectural historian Robert Winter, Ph.D., who’s donated to the museum part of his personal collection and accompanying archives. From PMH… The donation includes over 200 Batchelder tiles made between the years 1910 and the early 1930s, including tiles […]

Scrapbooking the Season of 1898-99

Scrapbooking the Season of 1898-99

As a popular resort destination during the last decades of the nineteenth century, Pasadena welcomed numerous tourists, especially during the Southland’s mild winter months. Outdoor activities such as shooting parties, hiking, golf, and tennis were organized by the local social clubs. Entertainments such as concerts, card parties, dinners, and dances were hosted in private homes […]

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

They were called “dirty movie houses,” “adult cinemas,” or “girlie theaters.” From 1959 until about 1990, Pasadena had roughly ten of them, ranging from soft-core “nudie cutie” houses to hardcore venues. Some were former picture palaces fallen on hard times; others little more than dingy-looking storefronts – but before the Internet, DVDs and Blu-Ray cornered […]

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