It was a Different Time in South Pasadena in 1886

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Throwback Thursday – During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Arroyo Seco was filled with orange groves and fruit orchards. A local Pasadena orchard created an orange crate label depicting a beautifully painted scene of the stately Colorado Street Bridge rising from its orange groves (The Arroyo Brand). The fruit industry produced hundreds of jobs for San Gabriel Valley residents. For some, however, employment was denied based on their race. The above photo shows one such orange packing operation in 1886. Notice the sign prominently displayed which reads, “No Chinese Employed.” The racist business was apparently fearful on many counts. On the back wall, another sign reads, “Visitors are requested not to take any oranges.”

THROWBACK THURSDAY IS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY RICK THOMAS

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