Los Angeles Reaches One Million Residents! Barber Shops Tell the Real Story…

Los Angeles Reaches One Million Residents!  Barber Shops Tell the Real Story…

by Geraldine Knatz, LACHS Board Member

In September, 1923, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce declared that the City of Los Angeles had surpassed the 1 million mark in population.  Having a million residents had actually been foretold before this auspicious announcement as evidenced by the 1920 Los Angeles brass watch fob commemorating Los Angeles’ stride toward a population of one million.

Six Brothers, Six Reasons: Charles Tartaglia & Bros. Tailors

Six Brothers, Six Reasons: Charles Tartaglia & Bros. Tailors

by Geraldine Knatz, LACHS Board Member

The Los Angeles City Historical Society held a lecture about the Italian immigrants to Los Angeles as part of the Marie Northrop Lecture series.  Always on the lookout for Los Angeles historical memorabilia, I happened to find an advertising mirror that advertises the Tartaglia and Bros. Tailors with their motto, “Six Brothers, Six Reasons.” 

The King of Transportation

The King of Transportation

by John E. Fisher, LACHS Board Member

Since the beginning of history, the human race has depended on animals — horses, mules, camels and oxen — for long distance transportation across land.  Such was the case in Southern California. Los Angeles and other settlements along El Camino Real were accessible only by horseback and stagecoach. That would begin to change with the efforts of a person who would become known as the “King of Transportation,” Phineas T.  Banning.