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Open House: Entry Level

Working with Primary Sources: Reconstructing Los Angeles through Newspapers

Activity

Attached youll see pages from some Los Angeles newspapers from the second half of the 1800s
(here, approx.. 1860 1885). Take a look at the advertisements, and use these advertisements to
answer the following questions:

1. What businesses existed in Los Angeles during this period?

2. How can these advertisements help us reconstruct daily life in Los Angeles during this
time? What might a typical Los Angeles citizen buy, sell, and consume during this time?

3. Do any of these advertisements suggest that Los Angeles was connected to or trading with
other parts of the U.S., the Americas, or the world? If so, what were these connections?

Feel free to take some home with you!