A Pictorial Presentation of Los Angeles [Photograph Album Signed by Mayor Norris Poulson]. LOS ANGELES.
A Pictorial Presentation of Los Angeles [Photograph Album Signed by Mayor Norris Poulson]
A Pictorial Presentation of Los Angeles [Photograph Album Signed by Mayor Norris Poulson]

A Pictorial Presentation of Los Angeles [Photograph Album Signed by Mayor Norris Poulson]

Leatherette album containing a title/table of contents page and fourteen professional 8 x 10 black and white photographs covered with plastic sheet protectors (i.e., not mounted). Binder printed with seal of Los Angeles on the front cover. Some wear to spine ends of binder, splitting to some plastic covers; photos fine. Inscribed at the top of the title page "Greetings from Los Angeles, Norris." Norris Poulson was Mayor of Los Angeles from 1953 to 1961, having previously spent eight years representing California in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure as Mayor, Poulson spearheaded expansion of Los Angeles' freeway system and harbor, as well as Los Angeles International Airport. He also led the drive to lure baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles. The photos in this album, which was presumably made in small numbers to be given to visiting dignitaries, showcase some of these achievements. In addition to photos of Poulson and the City Council, there are several aerial views of the city that highlight the freeway system (including one of the famous four-level interchange known as "the Stack"), as well as images of the Civic Center. Pershing Square Park, Los Angeles Harbor, Exposition Park Rose Garden, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Griffith Park Observatory, and a deceptively sedate-looking LAX. An effective, if whitewashed, presentation of a bustling, orderly city in mid-twentieth century America.

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