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Concordia Club of Los Angeles, 1891-1915 

Concordia Club of Los Angeles, 1891-1915  In May 1891, the Concordia Club of Los Angeles was incorporated for the “social and mental culture” of its Jewish membership. The club quickly attracted one hundred members, drawn from the city’s most prosperous, and mostly German, Jewish families. Meetings were

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Jewish Business Cards of Early Los Angeles and San Francisco

Jewish Business Cards of Early Los Angeles and San Francisco   Early versions of the business card circulated among China’s upper class during the fifteenth century. These “visiting cards,” which typically listed credentials, were used for self-promotion and to request meetings. Servants would collect the cards from

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The Jewish Agricultural Colony of Clarion, Utah, 1911-1916

The Jewish Agricultural Colony of Clarion, Utah, 1911-1916 During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, there were several attempts to established Jewish agricultural colonies in the United States. The movement, headed by recent immigrants and established backers, sought to settle predominantly Russian Jews on farmlands in

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Benjamin Platt: Music Retailer of Early Los Angeles

Benjamin Platt Values Codes I – H – E – L – P   Born in Khoderkov, a small shtetl near Kiev, around 1882, Benjamin Platt immigrated to New York in 1902 or 1903, becoming a salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. According to family lore,

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Walter Henry Rothwell: First Maestro of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Walter Henry Rothwell Values Codes I – E – L    Walter Henry Rothwell (né Rothschild) was born in London in 1872 to Bertha Löwenberg of Hohenems, Austria, and Barnet Robert Rothschild of Dover, England.   Along the way . . .  A musically gifted child, Rothwell

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Louis Herman Heller: Jewish Photographer of the Modoc Indian War, 1872-1873

Louis Herman Heller Values Codes I – E – L   Louis Herman Heller was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in 1839 – the same year that British scientist Sir John Herschel coined the term “photography” (lit. “drawing with light”).   Along the way . . . Louis Heller

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