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Portrait of Chas. J. Prudhomme, ca.1933
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1933
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University of Southern California. Libraries
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University of Southern California Digital Library
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
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Photographic portrait of Chas. J. Prudhomme, ca.1933. He is visible from the thighs up facing slightly to the right. He is visible wearing a round hat and a dark suit with a bow tie. He is an elderly man sporting a beard and a long thick mustache. A watch or trinket hangs from his vest. Photoprint reads: "Los Angeles historian -- latest job in new City Hall -- top floor, pointing out land marks to visitors".
Accompanying article from September 26, 1934 L.A. Times reads: "Charles J. Prudhomme, 80-year-old historian and guide in the City Hall tower who has told countless interesting stories of early Los Angeles to visitors to the City Hall tower since it was built in 1928, died yesterday. For eighteen years Don Carlos, as he was called by his associates, resided in a room at 741 Central Avenue, with only his collection of old documents and other mementoes of old California as companions. Prudhomme was born in 1854 in a tiny adobe house just 300 feet from the southeast corner of the City Hall. His great grandfather was first owner of the vast Malibu rancho, having received it as a grant from Gov. Jose de Arrillaga in 1804. His father was Leon Victor Prudhomme, a Frenchman who came to California as a young man, married Mercedes Tapia and was an active citizen. He was president of the vigilantes of this vicinity in 1836. As a boy Prudhomme attended the second public schoolhouse in Los Angeles. It was erected in 1856 and occupied the southeast corner of North Main and Macy Streets. Prudhomme belonged to the first fire volunteers' organization in Los Angeles, was a member of the pioneer French Benevolent Society, and was historian and curator for Ramona Parlor N.S.G.W.. He leaves no immediate family. Rosary services will be conducted tonight at Reed Brothers chapel, 721 West Washington Street. Final rites are to be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Church".
2 photographs : photonegative, photoprint, b&w
26 x 21 cm.
negatives (photographic)
photographic prints
USC-1-1-1-13943 [Legacy record ID]
Prudhomme, Charles
Prudhomme, Charles J
Time Period
circa 1933
1-90-535 [Microfiche number]
8578 [Accession number]
CHS-8578 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

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