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Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels (WPA Guides) Paperback – April 5, 2011

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"My favorite new Los Angeles book "--"La Observed"

"Reading both is like finding hidden treasures. . . . The San Francisco and Los Angeles guidebooks offer both traditional tours of the city as well as historical writing more closely akin to poetry. These are books that people can read aloud to one another."--"Beyondchron"

"With a nimble and witty introduction by David Kipen. . . . The guide remains addictively readable."--"Los Angeles Times"

"More than just a tool to help you find the nearest Presbyterian church or a convenient tennis court, the guides, part of the Depression-era Federal Writers Project, included thoughtful essays on history, life and culture in each destination, as well as blow-by-blow tours through city neighborhoods and other information that in many cases remains at least partially relevant (or interesting) today."--"New York Post"

"A time capsule of old L.A. . . . The book is a faded blueprint to local history, a sample of how the city looked and felt."--"Los Angeles Downtown News"

"My favorite new Los Angeles book "--Kevin Roderick"La Observed" (03/21/2011)

My favorite new Los Angeles book --Kevin Roderick"La Observed" (03/21/2011)"

About the Author

The Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) not only provided jobs and income to writers during the Depression, it created for America an astounding series of detailed and richly evocative guides, recounting the stories and histories of the 48 states (plus Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico) and many of the country’s major cities. David Kipen served for five years as Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he led the Big Read initiative, and for seven years as book editor and book critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. He operates a lending library/used book store in Los Angeles called Libros Schmibros, and he is also the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History and translator of Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs.
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Product Details

  • Series: WPA Guides
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520268830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520268838
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Typical of the WPA guides that were written in the 1930's and funded by the FDR administration - although it follows a standard format - this guide in particular is a very interesting look at a Los Angeles few would recognize today. Besides being the motion picture capital of the world, and having an active oil industry, I'm sure many would be surprised at the ruralness of the region surrounding Los Angeles that was awash in citrus and fruit groves and a large diary farming region. This is also pre-freeway Los Angeles, where many small towns existed even within the city limits along with the extensive farms and ranches of the San Fernando Valley which were also within Los Angeles' vast corporate limits. This guide gives true insight how Los Angeles became the model for the decentralized sprawling metropolis it is today, and that other sunbelt cities have followed in it's path.
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Jewel of a research tool. Took me back to the decade I needed with very informative content and easy to navigate.
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By breezy on November 4, 2014
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As native Angelinoes we enjoy the history of our area.
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