In 1911, California's first all-woman jury in Los Angeles County hears charges against a newspaper editor for printing indecent language.
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 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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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 (Los Angeles mayor, 1853-1854) playing guitar to his wife, Dona Mariana Coronel, circa 1886.
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.
Portrait of a Los Angeles African American family, 1910. Parents Jerry and Henrietta, children Jerry Jr., Grace, Sterling.
Pedestrials walking along Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles, near Main, circa 1905.
Passengers aboard an American Airlines airliner bound from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, 1941.
A group of children pose outside an early private school at the Mission San Fernando near Los Angeles, circa 1884.
Downtown Los Angeles traffic, circa 1905. The view is on Spring Street, looking north from 4th Street.
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 relaxing at a Marina del Rey beach create a Christmas tree from a discarded tree and litter, 1973.
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.
Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson assembling World War II bombers and transports in Long Beach for Douglas Aircraft Company, circa 1942.
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."
Three people in an alley of Chinatown in Los Angeles, circa 1922.
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.
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).
Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles celebrated its 100th Birthday, October 2017.
Passengers boarding an electric railcar in Long Beach on opening day for the Pacific Electric Railway, July 4, 1902.
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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