Woman in Los Angeles, California

By: usermattw

Jun 24 2013

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Category: Women


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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is Dewey of Los Angeles, California.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


When I think of old Los Angeles, I think of a scrappy young film industry scrambling to create movies amid the orange groves and sunny beaches.  I don’t think of people dressed like this, unless they’re on a set in costume.  In fact, I don’t even think of Los Angeles as really existing when this photo would have been taken.  But it was incorporated in 1850, and by the 1890s it had a population of over 50,000, a far cry from the 3.8 million people today, but still notable.  I doubt this woman would have conceived of the explosive growth her town would soon be experiencing.  But here she is, evidence that a Los Angeles of some vibrancy existed then.  Another one of my preconceived notions has been successfully challenged, which is generally a good thing.

4 comments on “Woman in Los Angeles, California”

  1. This is amazing. Los Angeles Town, i’d say. When there still could be a Main Street… Different times indeed.

  2. She looks like a fun person to hang around with, like she might burst into laughter at any moment.

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