100 Years Ago- Los Angeles Company Helped WWI Soldiers Keep Close to Loved Ones

100 Years Ago- Los Angeles Company Helped WWI Soldiers Keep Close to Loved Ones

by Geraldine Knatz, LACHS Board Member

In WWI soldiers were forbidden to carry personal information with them into battle, particularly photos or letters that might have addresses on them.  But an enterprising Los Angeles business figured out a way to satisfy a soldier’s longing to be near to his loved ones and not get in trouble with the military –using specially designed buttons made by the Liberty Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles.  

A Pioneering Los Angeles Business: The Los Angeles Furniture Company

A Pioneering Los Angeles Business: The Los Angeles Furniture Company

by Geraldine Knatz, LACHS Board Member

Los Angeles was not much more than a pueblo when J. C. Dotter arrived in 1859 from Kansas, via Salt Lake City.   He started a furniture business in the 1860’s just off the old plaza on Commercial Street.  He and his early partners would supply furniture to the surrounding haciendas, their stock coming by ship to San Francisco and then by wagon down to Los Angeles. 

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.