After finding riches in California’s gold mines, former cercatore d’oro (gold miner) Ambrosio Vignolo, (seated), settled in Los Angeles. He later became the city assessor and director of International Savings Bank.
An 1873 view of Los Angeles, looking north from Main Street towards Chavez Ravine, present-day Dodger Stadium. Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library
The Demateis Winery, one of many Italian wineries once located in downtown Los Angeles.
Residents of Dogtown’s Bauchet Street, including the Festa, Emanuelli and Lombardo families celebrating Armistice Day. The once bustling neighborhood is now the site of the Men’s Central Jail.
Italian students attending English and citizenship classes at L.A.’s McKinley Adult School.
Members of Il Circolo Operaio Italiano, or the Italian Workers Club, whose headquarters were located at the Italian Hall.
WWII propaganda poster warning against the speaking of Italian, German and Japanese.