Luz Mendez (seated) and her cousin Rosalia, ca. early 1920s. Luz Mendez was the daughter of Antonio Regalado Calvo (1900-1973) and Maria de la Luz Mendez Calvo (1896-1982), who immigrated from Mexico during the Revolution and owned a Mexican restaurant, Las Delicias Café in the city of San Fernando. They had four children and were active in the Santa Rosa parish, a Catholic Church in San Fernando. Antonio and Luz (Mendez) Calvo Family Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Program for the San Fernando Junior Cosmos Seventh Annual Fashion Show at Glen-Aire Country Club in Sherman Oaks, October 23, 1954. The event was a benefit to raise funds to redecorate the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) House in San Fernando. The show featured fashions from Lucille's 'Round the Clock shop in San Fernando and Judan Originals in Inglewood. San Fernando Women's Club Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Title page of the Registro de Bautismos, the Baptism Registers, San Fernando Rey de Espana Mission. It was signed by Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on September 8, 1797. San Fernando, Rey de España. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

The Mission Play, John Steven McGroarty's contribution to California culture, tells the idealized story of Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest responsible for the founding of eight of the twenty-one coastal Catholic missions in Alta Calfironia, between 1769 and 1782. First performed on August 29, 1912, McGroarty's play ran for more than 20 years and was viewed by more than two and a half million people. McGroarty Arts Center. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Brochure published by the Southwest Investment Corp. in 1932 advertising the many benefits of moving to a small farm in the San Fernando Valley. California Tourism and Promotional Literature Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Mexican Identity: Juana Gallegos's story - While there is no single Mexican immigrant experience, the story of Juana Gallegos is fairly typical of those who migrated in the early 20th century. Born in 1900 in the rural town of Miquihuana, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Juana’s life was disrupted by shifts in agriculture, the building of a national railway system, and the Mexican Revolution. Although Juana left Mexico in 1923, she never stopped visiting her relatives or thinking of herself as Mexican...

Exterior view of the Cody Theater, located at 303 S. Brand Boulevard, San Fernando, 1923. The movie advertised on the theater's marquee is Grumpy (1923) starring prolific silent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, Theodore Roberts. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

during the mexican revolution (1910-1920) nearly 1 million mexicans fled to the united states to escape the violence. many came to los angeles and joined the mexicans who settled here when it was mexico.

Flyer announcing the play "Who Killed Earl Wright?" Sunday evening, January 29, 1939. Performance was held at the First Baptist church in San Fernando. The cast included Julian Beck, who, according to the penned correction, replaced Fuller as the Judge in the play. Beck was an attorney in 1939, and would later become Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles County. Judge Julian Beck Collection. San Fernando Valley History.Digital Library.

✢ STYLE ✢ Viva Mexico | Viva la revolucion

Portrait of Catarina and Caroline Pico, circa 1855. Catarina was a ward of General Andres Pico. In 1874 she married Romulo Pico, the son of General Andres Pico. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Seaman David Crazy Thunder (Oglala) and mother, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1945. Marquette University Archives

Washing windows a hundred years ago

American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

Portrait of unidentified WWI soldier, ca. 1917. He is holding a U.S. model 1917 Enfield rifle.

Catholic Worker crusader Dorothy Day with her prison dress [covered with autographs!] On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. Arriving at a rural workhouse, the women were roughly handled. The women responded with a hunger strike. Finally they were freed by presidential order.

The Fallen. D-Day Tribute in Arromanches, France to those who died in Operation Neptune, June 6, 1945. Nine thousand silhouettes in the sand.

House slave child

I love this sweet/sad pictures. He is probably raising his baby by himself. Man and Daughter by Black History Album, via Flickr

Women of Fauberg Treme, New Orleans and their dog. Faubourg Tremé is the oldest black neighborhood in America, and the origin of the southern civil rights movement and the birthplace of jazz.

Tintype, c. 1860.