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1918 Poster about influenza
Glen Creason, April 18, 2020

It was a time when Angelenos should have been preparing to head out into the streets waving victory flags and knocking back belts of whiskey before the commencement of the dreaded Volstead act.


David Roback
Daniel Tures, March 09, 2020

On February 24, guitarist and songwriter David Roback passed away in his home city of Los Angeles at the age of 61.


close up of card catalog
Central Docents, March 04, 2020

While it's true that information on the 2.8 million items in the Central Library is on computer servers that take up a tiny space compared to the hundreds of drawers of catalog cards once used, one can still view some of our collections the old-fashioned way, complete with Dewey decimal number, title, auth


Rita Walters at a Board of Library Commissioners Meeting
Public Relations Office, March 02, 2020

Rita Walters, who served on the Board of Library Commissioners from 2002-2017, passed away on February 19 at the age of 89.


Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee
Juliette Minton, February 26, 2020

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”—Jackie Robinson


Author Eve Babitz
Angi Brzycki, February 18, 2020

Novelist and essayist Eve Babitz grew up in Hollywood. Her work focuses on essay memoirs centered in Los Angeles, particularly in the sixties and early seventies.


Gina Hemphill
Christina Rice, February 03, 2020

We have to wait until the summer of 2028 for Los Angeles to host the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, but when we do, we will join Paris and London as only the third city to host the Summer Games three times, having previously done so in 1932 and famously, in 1984.


Exterior view of the Lincoln Heights Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
Photo Friends, January 28, 2020

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835 and immigrated to the United States in 1848. Landing in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Andrew Carnegie started working as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill. He worked twelve hours a day, six days a week.


View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides
Tina Lernø, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year, Happy Rose Bowl, Happy Football! Did you know that the Rose Bowl Stadium is nearing its 100th year? The story of the Rose Parade and the subsequent football games have been going on long before.


postcard of the Cawston Ostrich farm
Nicholas Beyelia, December 03, 2019

For someone who only spent about 25 years in Los Angeles, Edwin Cawston made a lasting impression on the cultural history of our great city and he did so through, of all things, a farm. Dubbed by the New York Journal as “one of the strangest sights in America”, the farm was anything but ordinary.


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