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1 California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau. The Romance of El Camino Real, With Authentic Kaloprints Attesting to the Period of Construction (1769-1830), The Period of Depletion (1835-), and Partial Preservation of the Historic California Missions.
Los Angeles, CA: Kaloprint Corporation, 1936 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 4to. 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [122] pp. Registration and Dedication Pages left blank, 2 vignettes on the title page, list of the missions by date of dedication, what follows are a series of 25 openings with descriptive text on the versos, tissue guards, and a Kaloprint image on the rectos (text facing illustration) of Father Serra, the mission buildings, manuscript documents, and Indian survivors of the missions; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown leather, this copy has been neatly re-backed with brown cloth that matches the leather; binding square and tight. Laid in are 3 ephemeral pieces from the Bureau, including a typed note on Bureau letterhead telling how to have an ancestor's portrait mounted on the dedication page, a small bi-fold "Value Received" which details the benefits of membership in the Bureau, and a certificate that states that Sonya Carlson Doud, is a sustaining 5-year member of the Bureau. SCARCE. Very Good. The California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau, Inc. was incorporated in 1931 as a California non-profit organization. Its purpose was to gain legislative and public support to preserve "the romance" of California by passing laws for historic preservation, and marking of historic landmarks. It hired newspapermen Sherman Danby (who signed Sonya Doud's certificate of membership) and Frederic N. Shovey as Director and Publicity Directors, respectively. It was headquartered in Sacramento, but its Southern California Office was in the Douglas Building in Los Angeles; it began by organizing prominent women in Southern California, and then made an organizing tour of the state in 1932. One of its benefits of membership is this volume extolling the Romance of El Camino Real, with its pictures of the California Missions. The Bureau actually assumed the care of several missions, and in 1933 was able to secure Federal Assistance in reconstructing certain missions when the National Director of Work Relief and Special Projects, Jacob Baker, authorized relief labor to be used in Mission reconstruction. See: The San Bernardino Sun, September 13, 1933, page 1, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 22, 1933, page 5. 
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The Sleepy Lagoon Case., Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth.
2 Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth. The Sleepy Lagoon Case.
Los Angeles, CA: Citizens' Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth. 1942 First Edition, first printing. Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
FIRST EDITION, first printing of 10,000 copies. Stapled Pamphlet. 6 1/8 x 5 inches. [ii], (30) pp. Foreword by Orson Welles, 1 page of reproductions of newspaper headlines that issued a guilty verdict in the press, but outside of the courtroom; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, staples rusted, but does not affect the paper. Fine. Foreword by Orson Welles, which quotes Pete Vasquez who was a resident of the Sleepy Lagoon neighborhood, who explained social conditions not unlike those in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014. The "Sleepy Lagoon Murder" was the name that Los Angeles newspapers used to describe the death of Jose Gallardo Diaz who was discovered unconscious and dying on a road near a swimming hole (known as Sleepy Lagoon) in Commerce, California on the morning of August 2, 1942. Diaz was taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County General Hospital, where he died shortly after, never having regained consciousness. The hospital autopsy showed that Diaz was inebriated from a party the previous night and had a fracture at the base of his skull. This might have been caused by repeated falls or an automobile accident. The cause of his death remains a mystery to this day. However, Los Angeles Police were quick to arrest 17 Mexican-American youth as suspects. Despite insufficient evidence, the young men were held in prison, without bail, on charges of murder. The resulting criminal trial is now generally viewed as lacking in the fundamental requirements of due process. The trial ended on January 13, 1943, under Judge Charles W. Fricke. Nine of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to serve time in San Quentin Prison. The rest of the suspects were charged with lesser offenses and incarcerated in Los Angeles County Jail. The convictions were reversed on appeal in 1944. The case is considered a precursor to the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. Three cheers for the Citizen's Committee for the Defense of Mexican-American Youth, and other activist organizations that worked for a fair trial and the reversal of the convictions in the Sleepy Lagoon Murder case! 
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A Guide to the Dwelling House Requirements of the Los Angeles County Building Code., County of Los Angeles, The Department of Building.
3 County of Los Angeles, The Department of Building. A Guide to the Dwelling House Requirements of the Los Angeles County Building Code.
Los Angeles, CA: County of Los Angeles, The Department of Building, 1936 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
First Edition. 4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. (20) pp. Self-wraps, last 2 pages blank. 4 detail drawings of housing requirements, table, drawing on front cover; text clean, unmarked. Self-wraps, stapled; binding square and tight, corners and extremities worn. Ownership signature of R. G. McComas on front cover. Very Good. Prepared under the direction of William J. Fox, Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles County Department of Building. This pamphlet was intended to answer for the general public many of the technical questions posed by the Los Angeles County Building Code. 
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Cable Car Days in San Francisco., Edgar M. Kahn (1904-1970).
4 Edgar M. Kahn (1904-1970). Cable Car Days in San Francisco.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1944 Revised Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover William Wilke (1879-1958). 
Revised Edition. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 7 inches. xvi, 134 pp. Half-title, color frontispiece, with illustrations throughout and in the end-papers by William Hancock Wilke (1879-1958), black-and-white photographic illustrations, tables, map, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth, illustrated front cover label, spine label, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Jacket price-clipped, else Fine. Kahn's book is an "informal narrative" that tells the story of San Francisco's cable cars through the lens of the city's colorful characters. 
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5 Years Work Without Pay [Cover Title]., Glendora Strikers' Defense Committee.
5 Glendora Strikers' Defense Committee. 5 Years Work Without Pay [Cover Title].
Los Angeles, CA: Glendora Strikers' Defense Committee, 1946 First Edition. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Brochure. 8 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. 12 separate panels, printing covers double- and triple-panels. Printed in red and black inks on laid cream paper; text clean, unmarked. Single sheet of paper 11 x 14 1/2 inch paper, printed on both sides, folded 3 times; binding square and tight, toned on several exposed panels. Includes the original return envelope to the Glendora Strikers' Defense Committee, 3302 South Grand, Los Angeles. SCARCE. Very Good. With striking graphics, this brochure asks the public to support a defense fund for conscientious objectors being held in Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp No. 76 in Glendora, California, which operated from January 1943 until December 1946. A total of 552 men performed many kinds of work at CPS Camp No. 76; they fought fires, conducted fire and soils studies, maintained recreational areas, planted trees, conducted a forest tree survey and filled a variety of staff roles. The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 was enacted September 16, 1940; this law allowed for Conscientious Objector status, which included limited noncombatant military service, and a variety of Conscientious Objector noncombatant status categories. Those who opposed both combatant and noncombatant training and service were assigned to general "work of national importance." Those assigned to the Civilian Public Service Program were assigned to work camps in soil conservation or forestry projects for which they received no pay, hence the subtitle of this Brochure: 5 Years: Work Without Pay, Dependents Without Support, Protest Without Results, Punishment without Appeal. Not in Worldcat. 
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El Pueblo Grande: A Non-Fiction Book about Los Angeles - Los Angeles from the Brush Huts of Yangna to the Skyscrapers of the Modern Megalopolis., John D. Weaver (1912-2002).
6 John D. Weaver (1912-2002). El Pueblo Grande: A Non-Fiction Book about Los Angeles - Los Angeles from the Brush Huts of Yangna to the Skyscrapers of the Modern Megalopolis.
Los Angeles, CA: The Ward Richie Press, 1973 Second Printing. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
Second Printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 160 pp. Half-title, black-and-white illustration on the title page, black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, alphabetic "Los Angeles Miscellany," index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped brown leatherette, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Book seller's price sticker on front free end-paper. Very Good. A graceful and perceptive re-telling of Los Angeles's history, from the earliest times to 1970. 
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El Pueblo Grande: A Non-Fiction Book about Los Angeles - Los Angeles from the Brush Huts of Yangna to the Skyscrapers of the Modern Meglopolis., John D. Weaver (1912-2002).
7 John D. Weaver (1912-2002). El Pueblo Grande: A Non-Fiction Book about Los Angeles - Los Angeles from the Brush Huts of Yangna to the Skyscrapers of the Modern Meglopolis.
Los Angeles, CA: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1973 Second Printing. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
Second Printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. 160 pp. Half-title, black-and-white illustration on the title page, black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, alphabetic "Los Angeles Miscellany," index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped brown leatherette, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, some light toning to spine and top edge, jacket with closed tear on front panel, jacket spine faded. Book seller's price sticker on front free end-paper. Bookplate of Elizabeth Douglas Mudge (1917-1989) on front paste-down. Very Good. A graceful and perceptive re-telling of Los Angeles's history, from the earliest times to 1970. 
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El Pueblo de Nuestra Sonora la Riena de Los Angeles (Yang Na) -
8 Joseph Benjamin Colling (1875 - circa 1952). El Pueblo de Nuestra Sonora la Riena de Los Angeles (Yang Na) - "From Childhood to Adolescence."
Los Angeles, CA: Harry F. Maidenberg, 1950 First Edition. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Pamphlet. 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches. [20] pp. Black-and-white photograph on front cover of Maidenberg, Colling, and Harry Karsten; text clean, unmarked. Self-wraps, stapled; binding square and tight, some minor rust to staples does not affect the paper, minor shelf wear, ink check mark on front cover, pencil notation on rear cover. SCARCE. Near Fine. This text contains the reminiscences of Joseph Colling, who was born in Los Angeles in 1875 and lived in Los Angeles until 1918, at which time he went to northern California in search of work, eventually securing a job in Monterrey at the Hotel Del Monte. However, Collins's family history in Los Angeles goes back to 1835, when his grandfather, Don Ignacio F. Coronel was recruited from Mexico City to come to Los Angles as the first school teacher in Los Angeles. This work is a product of the publication campaign of Harry F. Maidenberg (1884-circa 1955) to preserve the history of Los Angeles with eye-witness accounts of the city from 1870 to 1930. Maidenberg was born in Russia in 1884 and moved to Los Angeles as a young child. He formed the Amelia Street School Pals in an effort to keep together a group of individuals who grew up in the city in the late nineteenth century and preserve their memories. 
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Stephen Mallory White., Kenneth M. Johnson.
9 Kenneth M. Johnson. Stephen Mallory White.
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop. 1980 0870933116 / 9780870933110 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Series: Los Angeles Miscellany, No. 11. LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 33 pp. Half-title, black-and-white frontispiece portrait of Stephen White, gray decorative border around title printed in red, similar design for chapter headings, red initials, black-and-white photographic illustration of White's statue in the Los Angeles Civic Center; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped quarter black cloth, black boards printed with gray decorative designs and text in red; binding square and tight, very light wear to covers. Glen Dawson's copy. Fine. This book is a brief profile of Stephen Mallory White (1853-1901), based upon White's personal correspondence. White was a Los Angeles attorney and politician who served in various political offices, including Los Angeles County District Attorney, and United States Senator. White was a leading figure in the Free Harbor Fight. Fine. 
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Yosemite Indians and Other Sketches., Mrs. Henry James Taylor, pseudonym for Rose Schuster (1883-1951).
10 Mrs. Henry James Taylor, pseudonym for Rose Schuster (1883-1951). Yosemite Indians and Other Sketches.
San Francisco, CA: Johnck & Seeger, 1936 Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, designed by Harold N. Seeger, press work by Lawton R. Kennedy, printed on mold-made paper. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches. (x), 103, [3] pp. Frontispiece, title page printed red and yellow border and a red and yellow vignette, the red and yellow border recurs as a head piece for sections, decorative initials, 10 black-and-white illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Orange printed wrappers; binding square and tight, small tear on the fore edge of the front cover, upper corner of rear cover dog-eared, minor bruises to edges. Prospectus laid in. "Library of Pauline M. Kohlrausch" inside front cover. Very Good. The author worked in the Yosemite Museum Library and was a docent at Yosemite Museum for many years. Here she seeks to provide historical information about the Yosemite Indians and early Anglo settlers. Enclosed with this book is a Johnck & Seeger prospectus for a hardcover edition of this title limited to 400 copies which includes the address for Johnck & Seeger and the text "Make checks payable to Johnck & Seeger." All references to Johnck & Seeger have been crossed out, and written in pencil and ink are the following comments, likely written by hand by Harold Seeger, "The other edition - 500 copies - has a fine paper cover and sells for $1.00 per copy. Mr. Johnck died 1 1/2 years ago, I feel his going deeply." 
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Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields, Oscar Lewis (1914-1970).
11 Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1966 Third Printing. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
American Forts Series. Third Printing. 8vo. 9 1/4 x x 6 1/4 inches. (xvi), (224) pp. Half-title, double-page title page, 28 plates bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped cloth, illustrated end-papers, price-clipped dust-jacket in archival mylar, spine of jacket lightly faded. Very Good. Tells the story of Sutter's Fort from 1839 through the Donner Party, and shows the key role the facility played in the history of California over several decades. 
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12 Owen da Silva (b. 1907). Mission Music of California: A Collection of Old California Mission Hymns and Masses.
Los Angeles, CA: Warren F. Lewis, 1941 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
PATRONS LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, this is number 240, typography by Hobart O. Skofield, printed from Linotype Fairfield on Strathmore Pastelle paper. Includes accompaniments and chriography by Arthur M. Bienbar, mission sketches by Paul A. Moore, and with an Introduction by John Steven McGroarty, historian, and poet Laureate of California. 4to. 13 x 9 11/16 inches. (xx), (140) pp. Half-title, black-and-white frontispiece of the music manuscripts at Old Mission Santa Barbara, illustrated title-page within a decorative border with stave lines printed in red, decorative initials throughout the text with illustrations by Paul A. Moore, 11 plates, bibliography, index; text unmarked. Quarter tan burlap, green paper over boards, front cover titled in gilt, pictorial label on front cover, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, corners bumped, light toning to extremities of boards, shelf wear to lower edge. Bookplate of Katharine Stanley-Brown and Rudolph Stanley-Brown on front paste-down and gift inscription "Katharine Stanley-Brown from Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown, April - 30 - 1942" on front free end-paper. Very Good. This is the first and "only single-volume work dedicated to music during the mission period and still is a bedrock of valuable information. Any author could be proud if his or her work remained as useful as da Silva's tome, sixty years after its initial printing." Russell, From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions, p. 5. Russell goes on to note a number of errors in Da Silva's text, errors that have come to be accepted and repeated at almost any mission tour one takes in the Golden State. "A remarkable pioneering undertaking.... Most valuable, even today, is da Silva's control over the contents of the many music manuscript sources which have survived." Snow, Encomium Musicae, p. 130. Father da Silva was born in Santa Barbara, California, where he attended St. Anthony's seminary. He took the Franciscan habit in 1924, and was a co-founder of the Serra Retreat at Malibu Beach. PROVENANCE: Rudolph Stanley-Brown (1889-1944) was a grandson of President James A. Garfield, educated at Yale and Columbia, and practiced architecture on the East Coast. He married Katherine Schermerhorn Oliver on June 7, 1922. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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13 Paul Elder (1872-1948). The Old Spanish Missions of California: An Historical and Descriptive Sketch by Paul Elder Illustrated Chiefly by Photographs from Western Artists.
San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company, 1913 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, published by Paul Elder and Company at their Tomoye Press under the typographical direction of John Bernhardt Swart. 4to. 11 x 8 1/16 inches. (vi), (90) pp. 50 photographic plates tipped-in; text clean, unmarked. Neatly re-backed with dark green buckram, foot of spine titled in black, all other original parts neatly preserved including the front board titled in gilt, image of Mission San Gabriel on front cover, printed paper spine label, original end-leaves preserved, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Ownership signature of Mrs. L. R. Jenkins, 1914 on front free end-paper. Very Good. Relying on earlier publications, Elder here provides the historical background of each mission, richly illustrated with photographs of A. C. Vroman, and others. Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p 193; Paul Elder Checklist, No. 207. 
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14 Pauliena B. LaFuze. Saga of the San Bernardinos.
Colton, CA: Hogar Publishing Co., 1984 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
THIRD PRINTING. 8vo. Two Volumes in One. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [viii], (374); lxxiv, lxxviii, a-j, a-z, aa-ab pp. Black-and-white halftone illustrations, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped green cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar, maps in end-leaves; binding square and tight. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine. Traces the history of the San Bernardino Valley and the Mojave Desert from the arrival of the Spanish through 1930. 
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15 Porter Garnett (1871-1951), editor. Papers of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851. [Parts I and II of III only].
Berkeley: University of California, 1910 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
Parts I and II of III only. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. [iv], 297-353; [iv], 123-139 pp. Each volume with a frontispiece reproducing a manuscript page transcribed in the text; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. These two volumes offer transcripts of manuscript documents held by the Bancroft Library at the University of California, including a manuscript Constitution of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee, and a List of Names Approved by the Committee on Qualification, both 1851. Porter Garnett was an assistant curator at the Bancroft Library at the University of California from 1907 to 1912. With Gelett Burgess, Garnett was co-founder of The Lark (1895), and in 1922 became professor of graphic arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he founded the Laboratory Press. 
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California's Aqua Fria: The Early History of Mariposa County., Raymund Francis Wood (1911-1998).
16 Raymund Francis Wood (1911-1998). California's Aqua Fria: The Early History of Mariposa County.
Fresno: Academy Library Guild, 1954 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION of Raymund Wood's first book. 8vo. 8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches. 112 pp. Black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, tables, bibliographical appendix, index; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth, spine titled in green, dust-jacket in archival mylar, map in end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. "Here is the well-documented, but interestingly told, story of the first discovery of gold in the Southern Mines, of the fabulous Mariposa Estate of John C. Fremont, of the discovery of Yosemite Valley by Major James D. Savage, and of the romantic legend of the lost gold of Agua Fria." Jacket blurb. Raymund Wood was born in London and after World War II had a distinguished career as a librarian and historian in the California at Fresno State College and UCLA. 
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17 Rexford Newcomb (1886-1968). The Old Mission Churches and Historic Houses of California: Their History, Architecture, Art and Lore.
Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company 1925 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 11 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches. (xviii), 379 pp. Half-title, color frontispiece with tissue guard, title page printed within a blue ruled border and with a small architectural drawing, 217 illustrations and measured drawings, 24 line drawings, 3 appendices with lists of the missions and their dates, Spanish and Mexican Governors, and Padre-Presidentes, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped navy buckram, top-edge gilt, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some light fading to spine, marks on rear cover. Book seller's ticket of Newbegins, San Francisco on rear paste-down. With a review of the book by Frederic Taber Cooper neatly tipped onto the front paste-down. Very Good. Perhaps the most comprehensive and scholarly work on the architecture of California's Spanish period, this book includes more than 240 photographs, line drawings, and plans. Combining extensive contemporary photographs, the book also explores the historical background of the Spanish Renaissance and Rococo architecture brought to the California coast, and the society that the Spaniards imposed upon the land. Newcomb was a professor of the history of architecture at the University of Illinois. 
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Peace With Jobs., Southern California Peace Crusade.
18 Southern California Peace Crusade. Peace With Jobs.
Los Angeles, CA: Southern California Peace Crusade, 1953 First Edition. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Bifold. 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. [4] pp. Printed with blue ink on white paper, illustrations throughout by Fred Wright; text clean, pencil notation on front cover erased. Single sheet of paper printed on both sides, folded once; binding square and tight, gentle fold across the middle. SCARCE. Near Fine. The American Peace Crusade was established in 1951 following the dissolution of the Peace Information Center. The founding committee included W. E. B. Du Bois, chemist Linus Pauling, and physicist Philip Morrison. The federal government identified the organization as a Communist front after the APC called for the withdrawal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula. The APC was the last Communist-headed peace organization in the United States. The national group was infiltrated by the FBI, and while the American Peace Crusade was disestablished in 1956, local affiliates such as the Southern California Peace Crusade continued to operate for some time thereafter. In this leaflet, the Southern California Peace Crusade explains the potential economic and social benefits to working Americans of a more pacific foreign policy on the part of the federal government. This leaflet is illustrated by Fred Wright (1907-1984), the American labor cartoonist and activist who created illustrated news strips as a staff cartoonist for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. His first cartoon appeared in 1939 in The Pilot. Wright's work abandoned the symbolic proletarian muscular giant in favor of a more workaday Joe or Jane fighting back against inflation, automation, and employer attacks. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Los Angeles: A Profile., William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972).
19 William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972). Los Angeles: A Profile.
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
The Centers of Civilization Series, Vol. 25. First Edition. 8vo. 7 3/4 x 5 inches. (x), 138 pp. Half-title, double-page title page with orange sun and black skyscraper designs, double page map, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Yellow cloth, spine blocked in black and titled in gilt and black, price-clipped dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, edges soiled, end-papers lightly foxed. Book seller's price sticker on front free end paper. Very Good. Robinson's honest look at the life and atmosphere of Los Angeles, including a serious look at some of its challenges and problems. 
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The Story of San Luis Obispo County [Cover Title]., William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972).
20 William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972). The Story of San Luis Obispo County [Cover Title].
San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, CA: Title Insurance and Trust Company, 1965 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Pamphlet. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 56 pp. Black-and-white illustrations throughout, double-page map of San Luis Obispo County, list of Ranchos and Private Land Grants of the Mexican Period in San Luis Obispo County for which United States Patents were Issued; text clean, unmarked. Yellow illustrated wrappers, stapled; binding square and tight, some soiling to the covers. Very Good. W. W. Robinson wrote many pamphlets, articles, and books on Southern California History, including Ranchos Become Cities (1939); Land in California (1948); Los Angeles, A Profile (1968), and Bombs and Bribery (1969). This pamphlet on San Luis Obispo County is one of a series on the history of Southern California Counties that Robinson wrote during his career at the Title Guarantee Insurance Company as a property title researcher. 
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