Throwback Thursday | New Year’s Day 1892

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | The Royal Raymond’s grand entrance on New Year’s Day 1892

On Tournament of Roses Day in South Pasadena, 1892, guests are seated in Thaddeus Lowe’s personal tallyho at the grand entrance of the Royal Raymond. The rose-laden tallyho is about to depart for a splendid ride in the newly formed Tournament of Roses Parade hosted by the Valley Hunt Club.

Note: A short distance from the winter resort hotel, Professor Thaddeus Lowe (famed Civil War balloonist and builder of the Mt. Lowe Railroad) constructed the Lowe Opera House. Walter Raymond’s wife Hattie performed there in the light opera’s “Erminie” and “Princess Bonnie.” She was a soprano soloist with the Los Angeles Symphony and frequently sang at the hotel much to the delight of the guests.

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas.

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Rick Thomas
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.