[Whittier, CA]: Whittier Board of Trade, 1906. 5 x 7.5 inches, oblong, in original stapled wrappers. 16 pp, with illustrations from photographs, including a double-page bird's eye view. Light dust soiling; near fine. Written less than 20 years after Whittier was founded by Quakers, this promotional booklet proudly proclaims that "there is no town of its size [population about 4,000] that will rank higher in intelligence, morality, and progressiveness." Situated 14 miles from Los Angeles, Whittier boasted easy access by rail; a college, hospital, library, city park, churches, and newspapers; an abundance of water from artesian wells; profitable citrus and walnut orchards, and a budding oil industry. What it did NOT have was saloons, and "consequently no need of a jail; and no paupers" (if only it were really so simple!). Whether a home-seeker, farmer, or business man, the reader was told to expect "large returns on investments, a highly moral and religious community; pure air; fertile land; and a generous people." 4 copies located in OCLC.
List 10: Californiana
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