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Thursday, January 19, 2012

RAISINS 1899 - STILL A CALIFORNIA SOCIAL ISSUE TODAY.

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY   2012

We can learn many things from what museum's called ephemera. Small items, such as ink blotters and match book covers, can give us addresses of business establishments now long gone. But, on occasion, such as this "The Land of Sunshine - The Magazine of California and The West, we can identify important social and economic elements of life.

Take a look at these illustration from 1899, and see if you can identify an issue that still impacts California agriculture today. (click on images to enlarge them)
The Land of Sunshine Magazine - June 1899 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2012 by Gary Fredburg.  (click on images to enlarge them)

Raisin processing in California 1899. Illustrations in The Land of Sunshine Magazine. The drying of fruit was a major agricultural enterprise in the San Fernando Valley at this period of time.

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