Anaheim Public Library's photograph collection includes images of historical interest of the City of Anaheim and other areas of Orange County from the 1860s to 2002. Images document public, residential and commercial buildings, including businesses, schools, churches, citrus packing houses, fire and police department facilities, theaters (such as the Fox Theater), and the public library; street scenes; neighborhoods; significant individuals, including members of the Los Angeles Vineyard Society which founded Anaheim in 1857 as a wine making colony, early mayors and civic leaders (such as August Langenberger and Charles Pearson); groups and family portraits; annual events, such as the California Valencia Orange Show and the Anaheim Halloween Parade; local geography, including the Santa Ana River, Anaheim Landing and local canyons; rancho families, such as Juan Pacifico Ontiveros and Vicenta Sepulveda Yorba Carrillo; Mission San Juan Capistrano; viticulture and agriculture, including the Anaheim chili peppers; transportation; ethnic communities, including Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, etc.; natural disasters, such as the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and the 1938 flood; Anaheim Resort area, including Edison International Field (also known as the Big A), Anaheim Convention Center, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and Disneyland. Formats include panoramic and aerial photographs. Of particular interest are the large number of photographs which document the development of the Los Angeles Vineyard Society from circa 1860 to 1890. The collection also contains a small number of ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and tintypes from the 1870s and 1880s.
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