William Ellsworth Smythe, founder of a social movement known as "Little Landers" worked with George W. Harris and Marshall Valentine Hartranft to build the "Los Terrenitos" or the "Little Lands" Colony in 1913. Smythe and his disciples believed that any man could support himself and his family on a single acre of irrigated land.The Colony struggled through economic recession and by 1920 had ceased to exist. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. Economics Recess, History Digital, San Fernando, Collection Pin, Fernando Valley, Historical Society, Digital Libraries, California History, Digital Collection
#TodayInCAHistory: On August 21, 1933, author & CA Governor candidate Upton Sinclair prepared the End Poverty in CA (EPIC) plan through his manifesto "I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty," in 1933. Sinclair's socialist plan got him the Democratic nomination for Governor due to the popularity of the EPIC plan in 1934, but he lost the election to Republican incumbent Frank Merriam. (Image: Pamphlet for Sinclair's EPIC plan, Social Security Administration's History Archives.)
Brother’s Night Club: Brother's was an high profile after-hours nightspot and gathering place back in 1940s "black" Los Angeles when de facto Jim Crow/racial segregation was routine. It was also a meeting place for black gay subculture. Owned by the often Chinese silk robe wearing Henry "Brother" Williams (Afro-American) who was often accompanied by his communist leaning companion and lover Aristide Chapman (also Afro-American), the club was infamous for offering almost every kind of enterta...
Charles "Chun" Hargitt, 1890 in typical "dress up" attire. He donated the Hargitt House to the city of Norwalk. It is now a museum.