Friday, November 19, 2010

Autumn Leaf, Mexican Revolution, Fender, etc.

The image above shows Charles Reynolds moving crates of Autumn Leaf Brand oranges at the Anaheim Cooperative Orange Association, located at 1530-1540 West Lincoln Ave. in Anaheim. The photo was taken in about 1943. The image below shows what the label looked like in color.
There's a good article in the Register today about the Mexican Revolution and how it changed Orange County. Interesting insights are offered by Dagoberto Fuentes and Phil Brigandi.
I recently stumbled across this 1996 video of MCAS El Toro's Jay W. Hubbard Air Command Museum, shot just before it closed and moved to Mirimar Air Station.
Fullerton added several buildings to its historical landmarks register, including Leo Fender's Radio Shop, a building tied to the oil industry, a 1920s brick commercial building, and the home of local philanthropist Carrie Earl McFadden Ford.
Guy Ball just finished his Tustin history book for Arcadia Publishing, and a publication date of Jan. 24th has been set. He also has an article in the current issue of OC Pulse.
As always, if you have any news or events related to Orange County history, please let me know.


Connie Moreno said...

Great post and neato links! My mother's family fled Mexico because of the revolution. She was 3 when they moved to Texas, the youngest of 13! She grew up, married my dad and then they moved to California during the Depression. Who knows where I might have been born if not for history!

Renee Fontes said...

I am fascinated by the food history of Orange County. I loved the picture of the orange cases. Any books or information on the subject that you know of?

Chris Jepsen said...

@Renee: There are quite a few books about California citrus labels. A favorite of mine is "California Orange Box Labels" by McClelland and Last. Gerald McClelland has done a number of good books on the subject (and you really can't go too far wrong with any book with his name on it), but this is my first pick.

There's been a strange lack of books about the history of the citrus industry in Orange County until very recently. But now Dick Barker and his Citrus Roots Foundation have given us the strangely titled, "Citrus Powered the Economy of Orange County for Over A Half Century Induced By A Romance: A Illustrated, Compelling History." See for details. It's a very handy reference and includes some great images.

@Connie: Glad you ended up here! All of us Southern Californians are - by ancestry - from somewhere else. Even the Tongva and Acjachemen moved here after earlier tribes vanished. (Although it's hard to argue that a couple thousand years of residency doesn't make them the REAL "pioneer" families.)