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Photo Album Of Yesterday’s Southwest

By Shelton, Charles E.

Desert Magazine, Inc., Palm Desert, CA, 1961; First Edition; oblong quarto, unpaginated; hard cover. Formidable collection of photographs depicting life as it was lived in and on the open ranges, ranches, and towns of nineteenth century Arizona, Nevada, and desert areas of California. A total of 197 fascinating large photographs, chronicling the lives of pioneers, frontiersmen, Indians, cattlemen, businessmen, bad men, railroad men, boatmen, and soldiers. Selected by Charles Shelton, publisher of Desert Magazine, from a body of over ten thousand original positives, negatives, and glass plates in the possession of numerous museums, historical societies, and private collections. Three-page photo source list at the back. A fascinating and unique book. Very Good Plus, handsomely bound in padded black leatherette with embossed titles and western design scrollwork. Clean, bright, crisp, and sharp.


Lost Beneath The Feather

By Talbitzer, Bill

Bill Talbitzer, Oroville, CA, 1963; First Edition; 8 1/2" x 11", 56 pages; illustrated. Collected histories of the many legendary historic sites lost forever beneath the waters of the Feather River with the filling of Oroville Dam in 1967. Privately published by the author prior to the dam’s completion, expressly for purposes of preserving Oroville history and to encourage further research on the subject. Included, among numerous others, are the stories of places such as Bidwell Bar, Major Frank McLaughlan’s Wall, Cherokee Diggings, Adamstown, Dredgerville, and Albert Risberg’s Saloon, plus individuals like Jim Swanson, General John Bidwell, Sam Norris, Jim Beckworth, Jack Stoddard, Sarah Benson, and Dick Stuart. Generously illustrated with both historic and contemporary photographs in black and white. Fine, in color illustrated wraps.


A Glimpse Into The Past Of Modoc County

By Weaver, Elizabeth J.

Elizabeth J. Weaver, Modoc County, CA , 1971; First Edition; 8 1/2" x 11", 24 pages; illustrated. An overview of the turbulent history of Modoc County, California, with accounts of its early native peoples, explorers, trappers, farmers, and prospectors, who often were at war with one another. Profusely illustrated with both period and contemporary b&w photographs showing the historic buildings, landmarks, battle sites and natural wonders of Modoc County. Privately printed by the author. Bound in stapled illustrated wraps. Very Good, clean, crisp, no chips or tears, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. Slight tanning of the outermost edges of the front wrap.


1933 Class Yearbook, Mabelle Scott Rancho School For Girls, Azusa, California

Mabelle Scott Rancho School For Girls, Azusa, 1933; Quarto., 148 pages. Class yearbook for the Mabelle Scott Rancho School For Girls in Azusa, California. Illustrated with staff, student body, and social club photographs, plus a wealth of photos of the girls engaged in numerous school activities such as swimming, tennis, horseback riding, fishing at the falls of Rainbow Angling Club, etc. Loaded with autographs of teachers and students, including a full-page frontispiece photo of founder Mabelle Scott followed by her yearbook introduction, which she has signed beneath. At the back are a student roster, lyrics for school songs and yells, a 1933 events and activities calendar, and numerous box advertisements for contemporary Azusa and San Gabriel Valley businesses. Begun as a finishing school for girls, the campus of the Mabelle Scott Rancho School For Girls was eventually incorporated into what is today Azusa Pacific University. Very Good, in stiff blue wraps with string tie. The external surface of the outer 1" of the left margin of the back cover is rubbed. A scarce memento of a once serene and beautiful Azusa, now only a memory.


The End Of An Era: Los Angeles County’s Old Hall Of Records 1911-1973

By Whelan, Marie

Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors, Los Angeles, circa 1974; Square octavo, 40 pages; no p.d. (circa 1974); photo illustrated. Informative history of the old Los Angeles Hall Of Records, tracing the development of the new Civic Center complex of the 1970’s which replaced it. The Old Hall,designed by architects Hudson and Munsel was completed in 1911and sat atop "Pound Cake Hill" at the corner of Temple and Broadway, where it served as seat of government for both city and county for fifty years. Beautifully illustrated with period photographs including photos of the venerable old red sandstone City Hall, built in 1891, pride of the city until it was destroyed by earthquake in 1933. Very Good, in card wraps which have some surface staining. Internally clean and bright, pages crisp, corners sharp, no chips or tears. Scarce.


How California Got Its Name

D. R. MacGregor, , 1965; 8 vo, 16 pages. Reprint, in booklet form, of an article entitled "The Queen Of California," published in Vol. XII, No. VII of Atlantic Monthly Magazine, March,1864, in which the history of the name "California" is explained. A faithful facsimile, with original pagination. Fine, in illustrated card wraps.


Juan Crespi, The Man Who Named Los Angeles

By Wood, Raymond F.

Historical Society Of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1972; 8vo, 52 pages. Fascinating scholarly history of 18th century Franciscan friar Juan Crespi, whose pivotal role in the exploration of California and subsequent establishment of the California Missions had heretofore been erroneously attributed to Father Serra. Reprinted from the Sept., 1971, Vol. LIII, No. 3 issue of the Southern California Quarterly. Photo illustrated. Signed on the title page by the author. Very Good Plus, in textured card wraps.


Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, Christmas Programs 1947 & 1949

Fairfax High School , Los Angeles, 1947; Fairfax High School’s Christmas Programs for 1947 and 1949. Measure 4" x 7" and 5" x 7" respectively. Each is single fold, 4 pages, and lists, in order of appearance, the orchestral, choral, and dramatic presentations by the various school organizations, together with lyrics for Christmas carols to be sung by the audience. The 1947 program is Very Good, some minor soiling, no chips or tears. The 1949 program is Fine. Rare.


1958 Pasadena Tournament Of Roses Official Program

Login Printing and Binding Co., Pasadena, CA , 1958; 8 1/2" x 11"; 34 pages. Official 1958 Tournament Of Roses program, with pictures and descriptions of all floats in both color and black and white, color portraits of Rose Queen Gertrude Wood and her retinue, substantial coverage of the Ohio State/Oregon Rose Bowl Game, with team pictures, and numerous ads for local businesses. Very Good, clean and bright, no chips or tears.


Circa 1940 Automobile Club Road Map - California North Portion

Automobile Club Of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1940; Large circa 1940 color fold out road map of Northern California, showing from San Jose to the Oregon border, plus all of northern Nevada. Large detail map of the Bay Area on the reverse. Beautiful color illustration of a redwood grove on the front. Fine condition, clean, bright, no chips or tears.


1940 Hollywood High School Christmas Music Program plus School Fight Songs And Yells

Hollywood High School Printing Dept., Hollywood, CA, 1940; Hollywood High School Christmas Music Program for December 17, 1940, measuring 6 1/2" x 4 1/2", single fold, 4 pages, printed on light card stock. Fine condition. Accompanied by a Hollywood High School ‘Fight Songs and Yells’ pamphlet of same vintage, 6 1/2" x 9" in size, single fold, 4 pages, with decorative border and school crest at top. Quite rare.


Gateways To California

By Baxter, John J.

Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco, CA, 1968; First Edition, 8 1/2" x 11", 47 pages. A professional study of the discovery and subsequent history of the various overland gateways to California, from North to South, a total of 38 mountain passes in all. Photo illustrated, two maps at the front, and an introduction by Governor Ronald Reagan. An entry in the 1960’s Pacific Gas and Electric series of publications on California history. Very Good Plus in card wraps.


The San Fernando Valley: A Bibliography

By Durrenberger, Robert & Leonard Pitt & Richard Preston

Center For Urban Studies Of San Fernando Valley College, Northridge, CA, 1965; First Edition; octavo, 32 pages. A complete bibliography of all available materials relating to the history of the San Fernando Valley to date: books, theses, dissertations, maps, government publications, newspapers and magazines, 484 items in all. Published by the Center For Urban Studies Of San Fernando Valley College, later to become University Of California at Northridge. A most valuable bibliographic reference. Fine, in textured card wraps.


Pasadena Tournament Of Roses 71st Anniversary Official Program, 1960

Pasadena Post No. 13, American Legion, Pasadena, CA, 1960; 8 1/2" x 11"; 39 pages. Official 1960 program, with pictures and descriptions of all floats in order of appearance, numerous behind the scenes articles, full page portrait photo of parade Grand Marshal Richard Nixon, and substantial coverage of the Washington/Wisconsin Rose Bowl game with team photos, plus numerous display ads for local and national products and services. Very good, two tiny edge chips at upper right of the front cover and light surface rubs on the upper portion of the back cover.


1939 Pasadena Tournament Of Roses Golden Jubilee Magazine

Login Printing and Binding Co., Pasadena, 1939; 8 3/4" x 11 3/4"; 32 pages. Golden Jubilee publication of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, 1889-1939, with a two page history of the pageant at the front, followed by beautiful full-page colored photographs of the Sweepstakes and Special Prize floats from 1927-1938, with detailed descriptions for each. Striking color illustration art on both front and back covers. As New, in the original mailing envelope in Very Good Plus condition.


1982 Official Tournament Of Roses Parade Souvenir Program

Pasadena Tournament Of Roses Assn., Pasadena, CA, 1982; 8 1/2" x 11"; 72 pages. Official 1982 program, with pictures and descriptions of all floats in order of appearance, color photos of Rose Queen Kathryn Ann Potthast and each of the members of her court, two-page photo spread of Grand Marshal Jimmy Stewart, behind the scenes Rose Tournament articles, numerous display ads for local and national businesses, and wildly illustrated cover featuring Miss Piggy and Kermit. Fine, clean, crisp, bright, glossy, no chips or tears.


Vintage Restaurant Menu, Lucca Restaurant, San Francisco

Lucca Restaurant, San Francisco, 1940; 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" triple-fold menu from renowned Lucca Restaurant, located at Francisco and Powell streets in San Francisco. Contains a la carte and dinner menus for August 13, 1940, with prices. From the heady days when a diner could get an entire steak, roast, chop, chicken, or fish dinner for $1.00, and a steak sandwich for 50¢. Designed as a mailer, with small SF map on one of the panels and striking cover art. Fine condition. A small notation, "San Francisco, 1940" is written in a small hand at a top corner of the inner panel. Scarce.


Two Years Before The Mast, A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea, Edited from the original manuscript and from the First Edition, with Journals and Letters of 1834-1836 and 1859-1860, and notes by John Haskell Kemble with original illustrations by Robert A. Weinstein and Illustrated from contemporary paintings, prints, and charts

By Dana, Richard Henry, Jr. / John Haskell Kemble, Editor

The Ward Ritchie Press, Los Angeles, 1964; First Edition; Two octavo volumes, a total of 552 pages; tan cloth; map end papers; Illustrated. Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s engrossing first hand account of his voyage to and along the California coast, sailing out from Boston Harbor in August of 1834 as a common seaman aboard the merchant brig Pilgrim, rounding Cape Horn in November, anchoring at Point Conception for the first time in January of the following year, and thence, after more than a year of backbreaking service in California waters, working the return passage in bitter winter on board the ship Alert, returning to Boston in September of 1836. Edited and with informative introduction and background annotations throughout by eminent maritime historian John Haskell Kemble. Substantial appendices include copies of Dana’s original voyage journals and letters; the letters of Captain Francis A.Thompson, commander of both the Pilgrim and the Alert; lists of crew members of both ships; a list of maritime vessels and persons active at the time, and an extensive glossary of nautical terms. Generously illustrated with period photographs of the California seacoast and port towns from San Diego to San Francisco, plus handsome nautical illustrations by Robert A.Weintstein. Both volumes Fine, in a Very Good, sturdy slipcase.


Southern Campus 1956, Vol. 37 (U.C.L.A. Class Yearbook)

By Barbara Webb (Editor)

Associated Students Of The University Of California At Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1956; First Edition; Quarto, 467 pages; gray cloth. University Of California at Los Angeles yearbook for 1956, profusely illustrated with individual photos of all Senior Classmen plus all members of Fraternities, Student Clubs, Boards, Councils, Living Groups, Athletic Teams, Coaching Staff, Honor and Service Organizations, and University Administration personnel, in addition to a wealth of photographs of the campus grounds and the year’s many athletic and social events. Includes four photos of Olympic medalist Rafer Johnson: wearing a Tam ‘O Shanter while dancing at the Dublin Ball; as a member of the Yeoman service organization; participating in the Sophomore Council; and clearing a hurdle in a Bruin track and field competition. Johnson, a sophomore at the time, won his silver medal for the decathlon at the Melbourne Olympics that same year. Very Good Plus, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. Clean, crisp, bright,corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square. Includes an eight-inch 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record in a pouch at the back, entitled "Our Year In Sound," produced by the Radio Division of the Department Of Theater Arts of U.C.L.A.


Los Angeles Times Annual Midwinter Number, January 2, 1952

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, 1952; Tall quarto (10 1/2" x 14"), 144 pages; illustrated. Enthusiastic booster publication for Los Angeles, California, promoting the city’s many resources, opportunities, and climate, toward the goal of attracting further business activity and financial investment. Profusely illustrated with magnificent b&w photos by Times staff photographers, depicting the many activities of Los Angeles life, from city, to countryside, to beach: Sports, Aviation, Finance, Industry, Harbor, Lifestyle, Agriculture, and Residential Development. Includes a number of large full-page aerial views of downtown looking both East and West, and an especially impressive two-page view from Fairfax looking East up the Wilshire corridor. Special Motion Picture Preview Section contains scenes from notable 1952 film releases and numerous full-page advertisements for upcoming movies, including "Quo Vadis," "The Greatest Show On Earth," "Viva Zapata," and "Two Tickets To Broadway," plus a full-page portrait photo of Elizabeth Taylor, chosen Star Of The Year for her performance in "A Place In The Sun." Chock full throughout with display advertisements for Los Angeles based businesses, including an ad for Parklabrea Towers which, to the undoubted dismay of today’s residents, offered one and two bedroom apartments for $115 to $180 monthly. A fascinating look at a grander and happier time, when the city’s 452 square miles were occupied by only 2,000,000 people. Very Good Plus, in color photo wraps. Front cover has a miniscule chip at the upper right corner, lower right corner, at the margin of the right edge, and a 3/4" closed tear at the lower left spine. Clean, crisp, paper bright and supple. A nice copy.


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