Crowd waiting to enter Shrine Auditorium for a San Francisco Opera Association performance of Tristan and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) on opening night of the Opera. Star of the show was Kirsten Flagstad, the Norwegian soprano, accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Mrs. A. Julliard Hall, Mrs. Oscar C. Wilcox, Mrs. Priestly A. Horton, and Mrs. Glynn C. Ellsworth standing around a small table in an otherwise empty room. Mrs. Hall is recording secretary for the Wilshire Woman's Club. Mrs. Horton and Mrs. Ellsworth are members of the Ebell Club.
Aerial view of crowds gathered to participate in the celebration of the Mystic Shrine's Durbar festival. 20,000 spectators enjoyed street parades on South Olive Street and festivities at the Shrine Auditorium.
Crowds gathered to participate in the celebration of the Mystic Shrine's Durbar festival. An overturned car is visible within the crowd. 20,000 spectators enjoyed street parades on South Olive Street and festivities at the Shrine Auditorium.
A man surveys the newspapers available for reading at an open-air public library in Pershing Square, downtown Los Angeles. The Pershing Square outdoor library was opened in December of 1936, and was staffed by W.P.A. workers. Visitors to the library could choose to borrow a book by simply leaving their name. The library was quite popular, circulating 24,000 books in its first six months of operation, and spawning other outdoor libraries in Los Angeles.
Two women in fur coats shake hands at the 11th annual charity ball and dinner of the Junior Auxiliary of the Jewish Home for the Aged, held in the Biltmore Bowl. The theme was patriotic and Bob Hope, George Murphy and Jerry Colona presided as masters of ceremony
Little Tokyo in Los Angeles was dubbed "Bronzeville" during World War Two, as African American families and workers moved into the empty homes and businesses of the relocated Japanese American community.