[Los Angeles: ca. 1915-1931]. Two photograph albums, comprised of 94pp. total, illustrated with 144 photographs (plus an additional six photos and five pieces of ephemera laid in), accompanied by three high school yearbooks. Photographs range from 1 x 1 inch to 5.5 x 3 inches, with most around 3.25 x 2.25 inches; about twenty images are inserted into corner mounts, the remainder glued down; approximately one quarter of the images are captioned. One album heavily worn, the other disbound, albums lacking about fifteen photographs, and an additional five are partially excised. Most of the photographs are in good or better condition. Minor edge wear, dust-soiling, and rubbing to yearbooks. Good. Item #3453
A unique and informative collection of photograph albums, family photographs, high school yearbooks, certificates, and a high school diploma belonging to Rosa Delgadillo, a Mexican-American woman who attended Inglewood High School (IHS) in Los Angeles, California in the early-20th century. Rosa was born around 1912 and graduated from IHS in January 1931. The present albums feature images of Rosa and her family (Tejedas and Delgadillos mostly), including her mother, father, and sister, as well as cousins and some friends. They document Rosa from early childhood through her high school years and include a number of shots around her home and neighborhood. Many of the smaller images have been colored, adding eyeglasses or rosy cheeks to the subjects. There are also class portraits and photographs of school events, most captioned with names and/or dates either in the image itself or on the album pages.
The trio of yearbooks document Rosa's years at Inglewood High School in southwest Los Angeles. The yearbooks were heavily inscribed to Rosa, with several full-page entries, along with signatures and messages from members of all classes in each book. The school's population appears overwhelmingly white, and a few of the messages reflect Rosa's difference, including “Best of luck, señorita” and “Here's to the darling Spanish girl that's a wizard in French.” Rosa had served as both President and Secretary-Treasurer of the French Club. Interestingly, Glenn M. Anderson, 37th Lieutenant Governor of California (who later represented Los Angeles County in the U.S. House of Representatives), also graduated from IHS, just one term before Rosa in 1930. He signed Rosa's 1930 yearbook with the inscription “To a friend.” The collection also contains a few mounted photographs as well as Rosa's high school diploma and certificates documenting her achievements in grade school. A nice collection documenting a Mexican American young woman's school and family life in the Los Angeles area in the late 1920s.