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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...

Dance of the Flowers

In the 1950s, Sacramento’s annual Camellia Festival flourished as a 10-day-long celebration of the city’s official flower, and included a parade, a ball and the crowning of a “camellia queen,” in addition to a...

In Honor of Valentine’s Day

We bring you a Sacramento love story. During World War II, Louise Stephens and Walter Parker Jones Jr. were married in a red brick Episcopal church in Woodland. The couple had scheduled their ceremony...

Working for Change

In 1973, Grace Douglas founded Rumble, a newsletter that gave voice to Sacramento’s black communities. The bimonthly publication soon gained a circulation of more than 1,000. In a Feb. 21, 1976 Sacramento Bee article,...

Newsies

In the 1920s, being a “paper boy” for The Sacramento Bee came with some cachet. Paper carriers got to ride a train to Lincoln for an annual picnic, and during the holiday season the...

So Many Shoppers

In case you think Black Friday is a recent phenomenon, you’ll be enlightened by this photo of 10th and K streets on the day after Thanksgiving in 1955. Clearly, Black Friday shopping has been...

Matrix Revisited

THEN: In 1977, 15 women artists formed Matrix Workshop of Women Artists, which held classes, workshops, lectures and art shows. The group helped develop and support women artists at a time when the art...

Iconic Eatery

The Rosemount Grill enjoyed a reputation as one of Sacramento’s finest dining establishments during the time this photo was taken in 1935. The restaurant opened at 1011 Ninth St. around 1916 and served dishes...

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