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    New Year's Day in Pasadena - Then and Now

    When my dad gave me his parent's old photo albums, I didn't expect to find snapshots taken in Pasadena, where I now live. My grandparents lived in San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana, both towns in Orange County, California. Pasadena was a bit of a drive, even in 1923. So, it was a nice surprise to find several pages featuring photos from the Tournament of Roses Parade, January 1, 1923. 

    PasadenaRoseParade 1PasadenaRoseParade 2

    I tried to find the church tower pictured in background of this photo, but I think either the route was different in 1923, or the tower has been torn down. I'm going to have to do a bit of research at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Headquarters Library or at the Pasadena Museum of HIstory.

    This year I learned that every year, local hot rod clubs meet in East Pasadena on New Year's Eve morning and cruise the parade route -- east to west, then west to east just like the parade. My dad brought his 1951 Ford pickup for the ride this year, but I missed catching his photo along the route. Too fast! Instead, I snapped these classics



    When I saw Dad turning the corner, we caught up with them for a great photo-op in front of the Pasadena City Hall.


    Ed and Polly May with their 1951 Ford
    in front of Pasadena City Hall, December 31, 2013

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