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Two couples, San Fernando
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection;
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1944
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
Title supplied by cataloger.; Image is a reproduction.
Della Ortega was born in North Hollywood in 1920 and Ramona Frias was born in 1927 in San Fernando. Both sisters’ maiden names were Fonseca. They grew up in the Great Depression and were reliant upon their mother and brother for fiscal support after their parents divorced in 1935. Because of financial struggles Della was unable to graduate high school, but Ramona was able to graduate in 1946. Della met her husband in 1937 and Ramona met hers in 1948. The whole family save for Ramona worked in War Defense plants such as Lockheid during WWII. Both Ramona and Della worked in sewing factories. Della also worked for the election board to help put elections on.
An unidentified soldier (left of center) poses with Lucy Fonseca (center), fellow soldier Tony Tapia, and Ramona Fonseca (later Frias) outside of the family's Celis Street residence in San Fernando.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 20 cm.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Mexican American Community;
S-005-565 120
Couples--California--San Fernando
Soldiers--United States
Military uniforms
San Fernando (Calif.)
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Shades of L.A. Mexican American photographs
Group portraits
Time Period
Ortega, Della

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