Los Angeles African American Community Real Photo Postcards

Seven postcards, including five real photo postcards and two printed cards.

Real photo postcard with a woman identified as Lela Murray holding a heart with text reading, "The Little Daughter Ruler with the Great Big Heart. Hiawatha Temple No. 91 Los Angeles, Cal." Smith: Los Angeles, n.d., circa 1920. Postally unused. Penciled on verso is the address of the temple and the subject's name. The Hiawatha Temple was the home of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks (I.B.P.O.E.), with the Daughters being the female auxiliary. Lela Murray (1887-1949) was an African American businesswoman and co-founder of Murray's Ranch in Bell Mountain, California, a popular destination for African American families and celebrities alike seeking recreation at "the only negro dude ranch in the world" (as reported by the California Eagle).

Real photo postcard portrait of a railroad porter standing in front of his Santa Fe Railroad station. Used card with grandmother's letter to her granddaughters in Wisconsin. Canceled in Los Angeles, 1919.

Advertising postcard card showing a crowd of people, including Black and white men and women. Verso text boasts, "Thousands of these shoppers are looking for your services and products. 1000 cars a day stop at Fantastic Fair - Discount Department Store - in the Heart of Los Angeles...." Postally unused but addressed to San Gabriel, California.

Color printed postcard of the employees of the Deloy Edwards, Real Estate Company, with printed advertising text on verso touting, "NEW ARRIVALS come in our office every day — with ready cash to buy." Stamped address to "Occupant" at a Los Angeles address. Cancelled in Los Angeles, 197[?].

Real photo postcard showing Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles with an insert of Pastor Dr. T.L. Griffith. Photography credit ("Foto by Jordan") and caption written in the negative. Verso with manuscript note indicating that this is the writer's church and pastor. Thomas L. Griffith became pastor of Second Baptist in 1921 and spearheaded the effort to construct the new church building shown here, which was designed by young African American architect, Paul Revere Williams.

Printed color card showing a "Partial View of the Henrietta School of Beauty Culture," in Los Angeles, featuring mostly African American women styling hair, painting nails, etc. Benton Postcard Co.: Los Angeles, n.d., circa mid-1930s. Verso with printed information about the school. Postally unused.

Printed color card with text printed in margin reading, in part, "Home Office Building - Golden State Insurance Company, Los Angeles, Calif. / Guarantee Fund." Further text indicates this company was incorporated in 1925 and is "Owned by Black Americans." Postally Unused.


Very good condition.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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