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Ludmilla Luvdorski at work, Tientsin,China, 1946. Luvdorski was a Russian secretary who worked in the Civil Affairs Office, typing memorandums that magically got things done such as automobiles returned from Japanese military to civilian owners, schools opened, and the repatriation of refugees. Harold Giedt Photographs. Faces of Tientsin.

The Millionaires Club of Happiness and Contentment's philosophy, signed by Mildred W. Brigham, circa 1915-1921.The club consisted of a local group of men who met in front of the Tujunga Post Office to visit and discuss local issues. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Printed image of a bird in hand with the words "Friendship and Love," found in the diary of James F. Dargan, circa 1862-1863. Dargan served as a Union solder in the US Civil War, and kept a diary which includes descriptions of his enlistment, camp life, gossip about fellow soldiers, and military discipline. Scattered throughout the diary are lines of verse, original sketches, clippings, pressed flowers, ribbons, cards, and other ephemera. Civil War Narratives Digital Collections.

Tropico Post Office circa 1910. The building was owned by W. C. B. Richardson and was located at the corner of Central and San Fernando. Glendale Central Public Library. San fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Brochure for W. P. Whitsett's free automobile tour to Van Nuys around 1912. Whitsett owned half interest in the town and was one of its greatest promoters. Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

A child dressed in winter coat with a runny nose poses for the camera on a Tientsin street in 1946. Harold Giedt Collection.

A young boy being evacuated from Tientsin, checks out the river on the Landing Ship Medium, as the ship proceeds down the Hai He River to Tangku in Tientsin, March 1946. Harold Giedt Collection. Old China Hands Archives.

Local European and Chinese residents bidding farewell to repatriates on LSM (Landing Ship Medium) at Hai He dock in Tientsin, March 1946. Harold Giedt Collection. Old China Hands Digital Archive.

Lt. Harold and Ensign Jerry Walsh of G5 (Civil Affairs), III Amphibious Corps, seated in a Jeep in front of the former German Consulate that served as Bachelor Officers' Quarters, Tientsin, Winter 1946. Amphibious refers to the fact that the Corps could operate on both land and water. Harold Giedt Collection. Old China Hands Archive.