With the arrival of affordable transcontinental rail travel in the
late 1880s, hundreds of thousands of tourists and transplants began
making the trip to Los Angeles. Quickly becoming a haven for
Easterners escaping cold winters and crowded cities, Los Angeles and
neighbouring communities, such as Pasadena and Santa Monica, boasted
a sunny Mediterranean climate and the unique situation of both
nearby mountain resorts and seaside amusements. The city also
developed a bustling shopping and entertainment district downtown.
More than 200 vintage postcard images illustrate a greatly diverse
range of popular early attractions, including Mount Lowe, Eastlake
Park, Hollywood, the Wilshire district, Griffith Park, Cawston’s
Ostrich Farm, the downtown shopping and theater district, and the
expansive beaches, ranging from the turn of the 19th century up
until World War II.
About the Author
Coauthors Cory and Sarah Stargel, members of the Eagle Rock
Historical Society, are avid collectors of early Los Angeles County
postcards. All of the images featured in this book were selected
from their diverse collection.