Men from families requiring state assistance hoe lettuce grown on community land. Beginning in 1933, small tracts of land throughout Los Angeles county were used by the government as locations for community gardens, where men left unemployed by the Great Depression could work and grow food to feed their families. In 1933, 890 acres of land in Los Angeles County were used toward this purpose; the program expanded to 2,500 acres of land in 1934. This land was approximately enough to grow the vegetables consumed by 20,000 county welfare families.
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
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
Child actors Billy, Bobby, Delmar and Garry Watson gathered around an ignited firework on the Fourth of July. The Watson family was known as "the first family of Hollywood" and included at least nine children that acted in motion pictures.
Two unidentified men share a box of Cracker Jack on a bench during the annual Iowa Picnic. The Iowa Picnic was an annual gathering of Iowans living in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The gathering brought together over 100,000 people in 1935 and was often held at Bixby Park and Lincoln Park.
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.
The first base was established in 1929, while the last, Little America V, was established in 1956 at Kainan Bay. Little America II was established in 1934, and during the 1934-1935 expedition, many souvenir letters were sent from Little America, using a commemorative postage stamp issued by the U.S. government. Glendale's float received a special award, a consolation prize after the float's entry having been delayed en route to the parade.
Los Angeles County Federation of Women's Clubs President Mrs. Harry E. Willits (left) pouring a beverage for extension secretary Mrs. Howard M. Jay at a picnic meeting of county women's club presidents and chairmen. The event was held at the home of Mrs. Howard M. Jay on July 10, 1939 to discuss club legislative issues
Memorial Day, also known as "Poppy Day", May 26, 1934. Pearl Lathrop, Marie Gore, and Emma Wolfegang, members of the Los Angeles American Legion Auxillary, hold bouquets of artificial poppies, made by veterans of the First World War. The poppies were sold by members of the American Legion Auxillary in order to raise money for disabled veterans and their families.Poppies were chosen as representative of Memorial Day due to their presence in the iconic World War I memorial poem, "In Flanders Fields". The poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
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.
Woman baking pies at a cooperative located at 21st and Santee St. in Los Angeles. Many self-sustaining communities like this one emerged in California during the 1930s, specifically in the Los Angeles - Orange County area
Frank L. Shaw accepts an invitation to the formal opening of the Nsei festival from "Miss 'Lil Tokio" Alice Watanabe and her attendants. In front, left to right, Fukiko Hori, Alice Watanabe, Frank L. Shaw, and Kay Okamoto. In the back, left to right, Miye Fujioka and Mary Ota.