Sunday, December 16, 2018

Rick Thomas

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Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Corner of Pasadena and Sycamore (Cawston Ostrich Farm)

Many people thought Edwin Cawston was crazy when he traveled halfway around the world to acquire ostriches from South Africa to start a feather fashion business on the banks of the Arroyo Seco in...

Throwback Thursday | Anatomy of a Craftsman Take Down

Today, the Monterey Townhomes at 1200, 1202, 1204 on Monterey Road marks the spot of a massive “take down” of craftsman homes (Gates Place) in the late-1960s. I should know, I once lived on...

Throwback Thursday | Local Historic Tea Houses

Tea houses were popular 100 years ago much the way coffee houses are today. The Japanese tea house at Cawston Ostrich Farm in South Pasadena was a favorite. Visitors of the ostrich farm were treated to...

Throwback Thursday | First Thanksgiving at The Raymond: A Holiday Pictorial

The Royal Raymond in South Pasadena celebrated its grand opening 132 years ago this month. The following pictorial of images from that time include the newly-constructed resort hotel, culminating in a Grand Dedication Ball held...

Throwback Thursday | South Pasadena: Building the ‘Royal Raymond’ Resort Hotel

Completion of the first major resort hotel in San Gabriel Valley was far from certain when Walter Raymond’s father (Emmons Raymond) visited the construction site during a rainstorm in the winter of 1885. While...

Throwback Thursday | Walter Raymond Gentleman of the Old School

Walter Raymond managed a successful travel agency in Boston, then turned California hotel man. His two hotels on a hill in South Pasadena were vital to the prestige and early development of the region....

Early Flying Machines Historic Firsts

First American Air Meet (Dominguez Field) The first air meet in America took place at Dominguez Field near present-day Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Aircraft of every design filled the sky for 11 days at the...

Throwback Thursday | South Pasadena: Trailblazing to the Stars

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a testament to the diverse nature of the Arroyo Seco. For over a half century JPL has captured the public’s imagination for its exploration of space and the...

Throwback Thursday | South Pasadena: Most Photographed Small City in America

When I first settled my family in South Pasadena about 20 years ago, I got excited about its colorful history and small-town charm. I soon became an eBay addict – always the top bidder...

Throwback Thursday | Raymond Hill: Then and Now

I like to time travel. That’s why I collect original photographs of places that no longer exist. Grand places like the first resort hotel in San Gabriel Valley, The Raymond. Which is – I...
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