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First All Woman Jury in Los Angeles, 1911

Photo Courtesy of the George Grantham Bain Collection & the Library of Congress.

In 1911, California's first all-woman jury in Los Angeles County hears charges against a newspaper editor for printing indecent language.

African American Family in Los Angeles, Circa 1918

Photo from the Security National Bank Collection, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Portrait of an unidentified African American family, taken on the steps of their Los Angeles home, circa 1918. African Americans in Los Angeles County, like African Americans everywhere else in the country, faced no small amount of racism, but overt discrimination was generally not as bad in Los Angeles as in most other places in the country. In fact, the first African American elected to a state legislature in the Western U.S., Frederick M. Roberts, was elected from Los Angeles to the California Assembly in 1918 – and not solely by African American voters.

Rail Passengers at Union Station, Circa 1944

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Rail passengers stream into Union Station in Los Angeles (then known as Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal), circa 1944. Opened in 1939, the station was the latest but last built of America’s great train stations and, not long thereafter, experienced a massive surge in rail passengers during the war years (1941-1945). There were not only large numbers of military personnel transiting through Los Angeles but also new arrivals seeking work in Southern California's bustling war industries.

Stage Coach Outside Pico House, Circa 1884

Photo courtesy USC Library.

An open stage coach parked outside the Pico House in Los Angeles, circa 1884. At the time, Pico House was the most elegant hotel in Southern California. Pico House remains a part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in Downtown Los Angeles.

Long Beach Douglas Aircraft Plant Workers, 1942

Photo by Alfred T. Palmer, for U.S. War Information Office, 1942, courtesy Library of Congress.

Two "Rosie the Riveters" lunch together at the Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach in 1942. Nacelle parts for heavy bombers are in the background. Among the types of aircraft built by these women were the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane.

Class of 1895, Los Angeles High School

From the Security National Bank Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Class of 1895, Los Angeles High School. The high school, founded in 1873, is Los Angeles County's oldest public high school. One young women in the photo, then Alice G. Hall (later Alice G. Harrison), 63 years later left her entire estate to her beloved school. Her legacy trust today continues to support the school and its students.

Newly Arrived Young Woman Waiting for Bus in Hollywood, 1942

Photo by Russell Lee, courtesy of Library of Congress.

Newly arrived young woman in Hollywood, 1942, possibly aspiring for movie stardom, waiting on the street for a bus.

Standing in front of Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach, circa 1895

From the California Historical Society Collection, courtesy of USC Digital Library.

Standing in front of Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach, circa 1895.

Los Angeles Fireman of Hose Company 4, 1914

From the Dunbar Economic Development Corp. Collection, courtesy of USC Digital Library.

African-American Los Angeles firemen of Hose Company Number 4 pose in front of their station at 129 S. Loma Drive (Westlake), 1914.

Don Antonio Coronel and Dona Mariana Coronel, Circa 1886

From the California Historical Society Collection, courtesy of USC Digital Library.

Don Antonio Coronel (Los Angeles mayor, 1853-1854) playing guitar to his wife, Dona Mariana Coronel, circa 1886.

Governor Reagan and President Ford meet in Los Angeles, 1979

Photo from the White House Archives, courtesy of the National Archives.

Then former California Governor Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford meet in the President’s Suite at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in 1979.

Los Angeles African American Family, 1910

Photo from the Security National Bank Collection, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Portrait of a Los Angeles African American family, 1910. Parents Jerry and Henrietta, children Jerry Jr., Grace, Sterling.

Pedestrials Walking Along Spring Street in Los Angeles, Near Main, circa 1905

Security National Bank Collection, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Pedestrials walking along Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles, near Main, circa 1905.

American Airline Passengers, bound from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, 1941

Photo by John Collier, Jr., courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Passengers aboard an American Airlines airliner bound from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, 1941.

School children at Mission San Fernando Private School, Circa 1884

Photo by Charles C. Pierce, courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection and USC Digital Library.

A group of children pose outside an early private school at the Mission San Fernando near Los Angeles, circa 1884.

Spring Street Traffic Looking North From 4th Street, Circa 1905

Photo from Security Pacific National Bank Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Downtown Los Angeles traffic, circa 1905. The view is on Spring Street, looking north from 4th Street.

Charros at the Round-Up by James Walker, 1877

"Charros at the Round-Up" by James Walker, 1877. Private Collection.

From the early mission period through the 1860s, Mestizo and Native American vaqueros managed huge herds of cattle and horses across the ranchos of Los Angeles County. The scene portrayed above is believed by some to depict ranchero Ignacio del Valle at a cattle round-up at his Rancho Camulos that covered what is now Newhall.

Youngsters create Christmas tree at Marina del Rey Beach, 1973

Photo from Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, courtesy of Special Collections, UCLA Library.

Youngsters relaxing at a Marina del Rey beach create a Christmas tree from a discarded tree and litter, 1973.

Newspapers about Pearl Harbor attack sold in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, December 7, 1941

Photo from Los Angeles Daily News negatives, courtesy of Special Collections, UCLA Library.

Newspapers about Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor sold in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, December 7, 1941. Less than three months later, persons of Japanese ancestry were ordered "evacuated" to "relocation" camps.

Woman Aircraft Workers, Long Beach, 1942

Photo from the U.S. Office of War Information, courtesy of Library of Congress.

Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson assembling World War II bombers and transports in Long Beach for Douglas Aircraft Company, circa 1942.

Young Newsboys on Street in Los Angeles, 1915

Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Newsboys seven-year-old "Red" (left) and nine-year-old brother on street in Los Angeles near Southern Pacific Depot, 1915. The older brother was said to be the "boss fighter of 5th Street."

Gertrude Ross and Anna Ruzena Sprotte Perform in Future Hollywood Bowl, 1920

Photo by Paul Grenbeaux. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Three people in an alley of Chinatown in Los Angeles, circa 1922.

Gertrude Ross and Anna Ruzena Sprotte Perform in Future Hollywood Bowl, 1920

The first music performance at the future Hollywood Bowl site. Courtesy of California Historical Society & USC Digital Library.

Pianist Gertrude Ross and singer Anna Ruzena Sprotte conducted the first music performance at the site that would become the Hollywood Bowl in 1920. They arranged for the piano and platform to be trucked into the bowl-shaped canyon that was then called Daisy Dell.

First African American Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Julius Loving

First African American Los Angeles County Deputy, Julius Loving, flanked by two other African American deputies (R.C. Robinson and the other unidentified).
Photo courtesy of UCLA Special Collections, Charles E Young Research Facility.

Appointed in 1899, Julius Loving (center) became the first African American Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy. He also became a jail innovator with a jail store and training and arts programs for inmates.
Aslo see Julius Loving: 1st African American LASD Deputy & Pioneer of Jail Penology: History & Photos (1863-1938).

Los Angeles Grand Central Market Circa 1920

Grand Central Market fruit vendor, 1920s. Photo courtesy of Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles celebrated its 100th Birthday, October 2017.

Photo courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection & USC Library

Passengers boarding an electric railcar in Long Beach on opening day for the Pacific Electric Railway, July 4, 1902.

Photo by Russell Lee, 1942, Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Because of Executive Order 9066, a Japanese-American family in 1942 waits for a train in Los Angeles to take them to the Manzanar Relocation Center in the Owens Valley.


The entire Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) posing in front of the Old County Courthouse, 1904.
Note Lucy Gray in front (dark dress) with daughter Aletha Gilbert. Matron Gray was the first female LAPD employee who primarily handled female prisoners.
Photo from blog Guardian of Angels-A History of the Los Angeles Police Department by James A. Bultema.


Venice Beach lifeguards and beach-goers, circa 1915-1920.
Photo from George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of the Library of Congress.


1935 Dustbowl Oklahomans reach San Fernando, California.
Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Long Beach State students, as part of the growing Chicano movement or El Movimiento, perform anti-war guerilla street theatre, 1970. Photo by El Teatro Popular de la Vida y Muerte.


One of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department "Night Squads," 1925. These detective units responded to early morning major crimes during the 1920s. Old County Courthouse in background. Photo from Shotgun World.


Los Angeles High School Camera Club, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Security National Bank Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.


Young hikers (possibly Camp Fire Girls) in Los Angeles area, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of George Grantham Bain Collection & the Library of Congress.

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