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Interior view of exhibition room at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, displaying arts and crafts, plants, fruits, and an elephant. Los Angeles experienced dramatic population losses during the late 1880s, which generated detrimental economic effects. The idea of the Chamber of Commerce was conceived and executed by a group of business men to promote the area's products. The founding officers were Maj. Edward W. Jones, William W. Workman, Col. Harrison G. Otis, Samuel B. Lewis, J.I. Redick and Thomas A. Lewis. To attract Midwestern farmers to Los Angeles, the chamber undertook an expedition called “California on Wheels.” and visited towns in the Midwest and South with a railroad car outfitted with agricultural products. Frank Wiggins planned the idea to feature California agricultural products at national and international exhibitions. Displays like the elephant showcased that Southern California offered a variety of marketable items.
Merchandise displays--California--Los Angeles Public buildings--California--Los Angeles Chambers of commerce--California--Los Angeles Commerce--California--Los Angele Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles (Calif.)