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James Osborne South Bay LA & California Postcard Collection

About this Collection

This collection includes photographs, postcards, ephemera, and memorabilia gathered by James H. Osborne, a resident, educator, and historian of Los Angeles County's South Bay. Osborne's family has lived in the South Bay since the end of the 19th century, and he has been an enthusiastic collector of all things related to his home region. The collection contains photographs showing everyday life in the region, often offering candid images of citizens attending major events, or dealing with hardships such as the devastating 1933 earthquake. The growing collection is especially rich in its number of historical postcards. While many of these contain photographic images, the majority show lithographed representations of noted buildings, parks, attractions, and events from most of the South Bay cities, as well as from Los Angeles and other parts of California. Taken together, these postcards document the changing face of Southern California in multiple eras, preserving a record of bygone times, and helping to show how the region has chosen to show itself to the rest of the world. View this collection on the contributor's website.

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