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Abraham Lincoln and Diogenes: Painting by Solomon Nunes Carvalho, Sephardic Pioneer of Los Angeles

Abraham Lincoln and Diogenes: Painting by Solomon Nunes Carvalho, Sephardic Pioneer of Los Angeles Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an artist and photographer of Spanish-Portuguese Jewish descent, was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1815. One of Carvalho’s earliest paintings was the interior of Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim of Charleston,

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Installation Service of Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin, Temple Israel of Stockton, 1914

Installation Service of Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin, Temple Israel of Stockton, 1914   Ryhim Ahoovim of Stockton, California (est.1851), later known as Temple Israel, struggled to retain rabbis during its early years. Even after erecting a new building on Hunter Street in 1904 and joining the Reform movement’s Union

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The Brownstein-Louis Company Catalog of 1918: Men’s Furnishing Goods in Los Angeles

Brownstein-Louis Company of Los Angeles Daniel J. Brownstein and his eventual business partner, Henry W. Louis, worked for Jacoby Bros. men’s clothing store in Los Angeles in the early 1890s. In 1895, Brownstein and a cousin, Philip Newmark (of Los Angeles’ prominent Newmark family), set out to

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The Brownstein-Louis Company Catalog of 1918: Men’s Furnishing Goods in Los Angeles

Brownstein-Louis Company of Los Angeles Daniel J. Brownstein and his eventual business partner, Henry W. Louis, worked for Jacoby Bros. men’s clothing store in Los Angeles in the early 1890s. In 1895, Brownstein and a cousin, Philip Newmark (of Los Angeles’ prominent Newmark family), set out to

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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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