From left to right: David Gill, first assistant postmaster general William W. Howes, acting postmaster of Los Angeles Mary D. Briggs, and supervisor John Anson Ford having breakfast at the Ambassador Hotel. Howes was visiting Los Angeles to make the principle address at the Jackson Day dinner, held at the Hotel on the evening of January 8, 1938
New Chamber of Commerce President J.L. Van Norman (left) shakes hands with economist Dr. Thomas Nixon Carver and retiring Chamber President James L. Beebe stands center at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 49th annual banquet in the Ambassador Hotel’s fiesta room. Over 1,000 business, civic and social leaders attended the banquet which is held every year on George Washington’s birthday. The event celebrates the achievements of the Chamber of Commerce over the past year and lays out programs for the coming year.
Executive vice president of the Southern California Edison Co., W.C. Mullendore, and president of Levi Strauss & Co., Walter Haas, at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 49th annual banquet in the Ambassador Hotel’s fiesta room. Over 1,000 business, civic and social leaders attended the banquet which is held every year on George Washington’s birthday. The event celebrates the achievements of the Chamber of Commerce over the past year and lays out programs for the coming year.
Lorenzo Bowdoin was a Los Angeles businessman, civic leader, philanthropist and NAACP leader. One of the first three black clerks hired by the Los Angeles Post Office in 1906, he worked there for 38 years and improved hiring and promotion policies for blacks. He was one of the organizers of Angelus Mortuary (1925) and was the treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Haitian Coffee Co. He was active in many civic organizations including the Metropolitan YMCA.
Postmaster-General Farley sits astride the Los Angeles Breakfast Club's sawhorse labeled "HAM" for initiation into the club on July 19, 1934 at the Ambassador Hotel. He is blindfolded and has placed his right hand on a plate of ham and eggs as part of the initiation rites. Four men surround him; one man holds the plate of ham and eggs, one holds a paper (possibly initiation rites), one man stands smiling, and the last pets the sawhorse.
A Los Angeles Breakfast Club meeting in honor of Postmaster-General James A. Farley held at the Ambassador Hotel on July 19, 1934. Mayor Shaw and Senator McAdoo sit to his right. The Breakfast Club postponed their usual meeting time to fit Farley's travel schedule and moved from their usual location at the East Village to the Ambassador to accommodate the size of this event.