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Brad Pye, Jr. at City Hall, 1970

In 1943, at the young age of 12, Brad Pye, Jr. paid a friend who transported cars to California $5.00 for a ride from his home in Plain Dealing, Louisiana to Los Angeles. Once in LA, Pye continued his education, completing both junior high and high school while working as a gas station attendant in the evenings. During World War II, housing accommodations were tight, and Pye rented space to sleep on an army cot in a freezing hallway. Nevertheless, he did not let his age or hardships deter him from pursuing his passion for journalism...

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Unidentified woman in front of forty-eight star American flag, ca. 1912.

Spain established its first permanent settlement in the Philippines in 1565. Spanish colonial control of the Philippines continued until 1898, when the United States took possession of the islands as a territory after winning the Spanish-American War. The Philippine Revolution, a struggle for independence from...

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Tujunga fire dept, 1920s

While much of the western United States is besieged by raging forest fires and the noxious smoke they spew into the atmosphere, fires have long been a staple of life in Los Angeles. Forest fires in past decades were typically smaller, burned less intensely, and were more easily and rapidly....

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San Fernando Mission Indians, ca. 1880

Between 1769 and 1823, under the authority of King Charles III of Spain, Franciscan priests established twenty-one missions in California, to colonize the territory and convert its indigenous inhabitants to Christianity. San Fernando Rey de España (San Fernando Mission) was established at...

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