Happy New Year! How the Holiday Took Aim at Easterners | KCET
Happy New Year! How the Holiday Took Aim at Easterners
The Cawston Ostrich Farm, sponsor of this crowded float, was one of several Los Angeles-area tourist destinations at the turn of the century. The farm sold feathers for the elaborate hats and fans of the era and offered ostrich rides for the daring.
Chariot races -- using a four-horse team -- were a a regular feature of the Tournament of Roses at the turn of the century. Slightly less dangerous football replaced the chariots and horses.
The score that day in 1924 was Washington-14, Navy-14.
A publicity photo, uncredited and uncaptioned, but illustrating a perennial winter theme in the selling of Los Angeles: swimming in January.
Originally captioned, with some unintended irony: "All lit up to ring in the new year. L.A.'s City Hall brightens up Civic Center. (Note citizen trying to catch 40 winks before midnight.)"
The Examiner enthused: "All Year Swimming Club members annual New Year's Day swim at Santa Monica beach: Jean Goddard, Marilyn Schliff, Pat Wibe, Margie Kiefer, Terri Varley, Ruth Hachenberger, and Peggy Stracke. The girls are all members of Janet Dee's Santa Monica Surfboard Ballet."