Throwback Thursday | Will You Be My Valentine?

Valentine's Day Destination | Cawston Ostrich Farm's cupid couples

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | George and Martha Washington at South Pasadena's Cawston Ostrich Farm. (1913)

Tourists visiting the Cawston Ostrich Farm in South Pasadena enjoyed posing for photos with “ostrich couples” such as the popular comic strip characters, Jiggs and Maggie.

To honor past presidents and first ladies, Edwin Cawston added George and Martha Washington to his growing population of famous ostriches. In the photo above, Martha is giving poor George an earful: “Did you forget my Valentine’s Day basket of oranges again this year?!”

Note: Ostriches named Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland was the first presidential couple to live on the farm. Glover Cleveland (the human) was the first Democrat to be elected president since the Civil War. After being defeated for a second term, Cleveland ran for the presidency four years later and was elected president again in 1894. He was president when the farm opened to the public in 1896.

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by 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.

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