Today we showcase a few Mead Paper advertisements from the early 1950s. These advertisements were originally featured in Better Impressions, the journal of the Mead Corporation, a paper company dating back to 1846.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Carol Highsmith, Guard Tower at Manzanar War Relocation Center, 2013
Library of Congress
On the bitter cold, wind-swept desert floor in 1969 there occurred an event of the profoundest and most singular importance. In retrospect, that morning and the whole of that day assume for me and for vast numbers of Japanese Americans the proportions of a mystical experience, the rebirth of a whole generation of Americans who were wronged by events that took place over a quarter century before.- Edison Tomimaro Uno, 1971, in Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans
In 1972 the California Historical Society opened a landmark photographic exhibition titled Executive Order 9066. At the time, the 1942 government order cited in the exhibition’s title, and the imprisonment of Japanese residents from the West Coast in so-called “internment camps” during World War II, was virtually unknown outside the Japanese community. Within the community, the subject was rarely spoken of—a source of shame and tragedy for the families involved. As the Densho Encyclopedia has observed, with the opening of the exhibition and the publication of its eponymously titled book—part of a resurgence of interest in the topic in the 1970s inside and outside the Japanese American community—the era of silence would end.
Friday, November 20, 2015
France and California have a long and historic relationship, which began in the 18th century when French artist Gaspard Duche de Vancy traveled to California by sea, later painting the landscape of the future state in 1786. In 1832 Jean-Louis Vignes purchased 104 acres of land between the Los Angeles Pueblo and the Los Angeles River, where he established a successful vineyard, becoming California’s first commercial winemaker. In the mid-1840s the first French Consulate was established in Monterey.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
|Construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge [East from Yerba Buena Island, ca. 1934-35], photographed by Ted Huggins, courtesy, California Historical Society, CHS 2011.737|
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Postcard, Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915California Historical Society, CHS2014.1791
THE PALACE OF FOOD PRODUCTS
Described as the “temple of the tin can and the food package,” the Palace of Food Products truly could have been nicknamed the “Castle of Cuisine,” the “Stronghold of Sustenance,” or, as a local humorist dubbed it, the “Palace of Nibbling Arts.” Patrons crowded the booths where they could fill up on a variety of free samples, many produced on-site. One young lady wrote to her grandmother, “There are all sorts of demonstrations of jello, shredded wheat, canned fish, crackers, and so on, so that if you had patience enough to wait for the talk and then nibble a thimbleful of food, you really could get quite a meal in time.” (1)
Thursday, November 5, 2015
On Thursday, December 5, physicist Carl Haber will visit the California Historical Society for the organization's final program in its 'Historic Techniques' series. And the series couldn't end on a higher note than by featuring Haber, a MacArthur 'Genius' award winner for his IRENE/3D project.
Last week, KQED discussed his work restoring the sounds of Native Americans in California.
Below is an excerpt from a piece by Haber in Physics Today that discusses his unique approach to his work.
To learn more about Haber and his work, register for the CHS event, HERE.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Today we showcase Le Naudin series from the letter foundry of Miller & Richard.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Voters in many parts of California face another Election Day on November 3 that few are aware of and in which even fewer will participate. We won’t be electing a president or governor, but voters throughout California will be deciding local, nonpartisan issues—such as mayor and sheriff in San Francisco, school board members in Palos Verdes and El Segundo, and local taxes in Hermosa Beach and South Pasadena.