Pasadena: A Business History

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Few cities boast a business history as rich and varied as Pasadena's. In the early agricultural days, a brandy distillery and citrus and olive groves helped propel the economy, while the 20th century saw Pasadena emerge as a thriving resort and health town. Together the community's diverse businesses have played a substantial role in determining the fortunes of the "Crown City." In this volume, evocative images recall an extensive range of establishments, from large resort hotels to corner soda fountains, law offices to dry cleaners, restaurants to science labs, local industries to national powerhouses. Seldom-seen photographs from both the Pasadena Museum of History's archives and private collections trace a business legacy unique to Pasadena, one that still thrives on generations-old family businesses and has also embraced corporate headquarters and regional franchises.
ISBN: 9780738547787
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Patrick Conyers and Cedar Phillips have compiled this history on behalf of the Pasadena Museum of History. Dr. Conyers is the museum's director of development, and Phillips curated the museum's related exhibition, Prosperous Pasadena: Business in the Crown City and Beyond. The Pasadena Museum of History is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the western San Gabriel Valley.
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