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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Fiesta: 1930s

Fiesta: 1930s

This is most likely in San Diego during the 1930s. Scanned from the 4 x 2.5" negative. View full size

Fiesta culture

Celebrations of the state's early Spanish history was a big thing in California in those days. The Ramona Pageant in Hemet, for example. Still going on today, actually. (Note the coincidence of the Larkspur connection at the end of the linked article. Small world.)

 
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