Saturday, October 22, 2011

Puttin' on the Ritz

This has been my jam all week long!

That was by Earl Burtnett and his Biltmore Orchestra which played at the Biltmore Hotel in the 1920s-30s."Puttin' on the Ritz" was slang from back in the day.  It meant "to dress fashionably" and alluded to the swanky (that's a word that feels synonymous of the era... but acccording to Merriam-Webster, it was first used in 1842... I'm such a nerd) Ritz Hotel. 

One more:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hidden Murals

All these years, I've gone by the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building knowing it was something special.  I had no idea it housed a treasure depicting African-American contributions to early California.  L.A. is a treasure trove of hidden delights!

Artists Hale Woodruff & Charles Alston

These murals will be available for viewing on October 22.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Aerial Views of L.A.

These stunning pics of L.A. were taken in 1978 by Don Ray. More of his pics plus great details are posted on his blog at Don Ray Friends and Hideaways.

 Those are Bunker Hills Towers in the foreground.  Don adds an interesting bit of information that I had not previously known.  Grand Avenue used to be called Charity St. back when Bunker Hill still had its magnificent mansions.  Bunker Hill was cleverly bordered by Hope and Charity.  This changed because the affluent residents did not enjoy informing people that they lived on Charity.  Hahaha!

The Bonaventure in the foreground and the LA Public Library before the great fire that sadly destroyed its collections.  It's great to compare these photos to today's views and see how the city has transformed. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Universal Wrapping Paper

Way awesome!  No need to collect different kinds of wrapping paper again. It's perfect for the upcoming holiday season (yes, I am already thinking about Christmas)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Typewriter is Forever

through the eyes of an 8-year-old 

"A typewriter is a computer that prints while you type and you don’t have to plug in"

I came across this sweet insight the other day here:

Indeed, it's true. While we may view the typewriter and other low-tech items as outdated and irrelevant, a pair of fresh new eyes is capable of seeing its everlasting benefits.  

L.A. as Subject

This is an amazing project hosted by the USC library system.  It's a wonderful alliance of historical archives to facilitate the city's continuous and necessary self-study.
They also host this great free event for L.A. history buffs, the Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar 

I'm on an L.A.history binge, so most posts this week will focus on my great city ;)

6th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Poster