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independence day

Picture-Perfect Independence Day

Although Fourth of July isn’t a “dress up” holiday for most of us, that wasn’t the case for these young people in 1912, when this image was captured. They commemorated the holiday with this...
Dunlap Family

The Distinguished Dunlap Family

Talk about home cookin’. From 1930 into the 1960s, African-American entrepreneur George T. Dunlap and his wife, Annie Louise, operated a restaurant out of their Oak Park house. Dunlap’s Dining Room offered excellent service...
Frank Fat's

Sacramento’s Good Fortune

The year was 1919. A 16-year-old Frank Fat immigrated to San Francisco from his native China. He spoke no English when he arrived, and during the next 20 years, he worked his way up...
Gov. Jerry Brown

A Long Public Life

This month, as Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, we’re circling back to his earlier days with an image of him campaigning in San Francisco’s Union Square in October 1974, shortly before he was elected governor...
Pancake Circus

Would You Like Pancakes with Your Ballot?

The people queued up outside Pancake Circus aren’t waiting for pancakes. They’re waiting to cast their votes for California governor. In the November 1982 election, Pancake Circus, which remains open at Broadway and 21st...
Menorah

A Jewish Tradition for 25 Years

The state capitol’s 11-foot-tall menorah made its first appearance on Nov. 27, 1994. In this Sacramento Bee photo from that year, Chabad of Sacramento’s Rabbi Mendy Cohen marks the beginning of Hanukkah by lighting...

A Look Back: Every Worker Counts

During World War II , as many of the region’s men left for military service, labor shortages became commonplace, and women and immigrants started filling in. This 1948 photo shows women peeling tomatoes at...

A Look Back – Busted!

CRACK A SAFE OR PICK A POCKET—or at least get arrested for doing so—and your infamy might live on for 150 years or more.With the help of Utah-based nonprofit familysearch.org, the Center for Sacramento...

Pomp and Circumstance

This season of commencement ceremonies might prompt those who graduated from the UC Davis School of Law in 1980 to reflect on their own graduation, and how actress Jane Fonda served as their commencement...

On Target

The girls in this photo may have taken a cue from Ginger Rogers, who was famous for doing everything Fred Astaire did, except backward and in high heels. Photographer Michael T. Benning captured this...

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