Early Downtown Los Angeles

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-24
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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Growing south from the plaza where the city of Los Angeles was founded as a tiny pueblo in 1781, the area now known as downtown L.A. was first developed in the late 1800s as a residential neighborhood, complete with churches and schools. As the population surged at the turn of the 20th century, the downtown area was transformed into a busy business and entertainment center of shops, banks, hotels, and theaters. The explosion of the postcard craze in the early 1900s coincided with this period of downtown’s tremendous growth toward a formidable metropolis. This collection of vintage postcards offers a glimpse into the changing city through the 1940s.

Author Biography

Coauthors Cory and Sarah Stargel, members of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, are avid collectors of early Los Angeles postcards. All the images featured in this book were selected from their diverse collection. The pair previously authored Arcadia's Postcard History Series: Early Los Angeles County Attractions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Early Community Lifep. 9
Business and Civic Developmentp. 37
Transportationp. 69
Hotelsp. 83
Shopping, Dining, and Entertainmentp. 101
Bibliographyp. 127
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