Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scrapbook #3 – Forty Years Ago

Next up in the scrapbook is lots of little articles from The Fresno Bee telling us what was going on in the area years before - if we missed it the first time, we were able to read about it 40 or 50 years later!

In the 1950’s, there were many references to things Sig had done much earlier in his life and, as was his habit, he was sure to add the ‘clippings’ to his scrapbook.  Thanks, Sig!

Forty Years Ago - Visits Los Angeles 4_28_1952

Sig didn’t add the date but that didn’t stop me – off to to see what I could find.  Sure enough, there was the article on page 24 of the Fresno Bee Republican from April 28, 1952.  I guess in 1912 it was big news for two young men to visit Los Angeles.

And while I was looking, I also found this from March 22, 1952 – wonder how Sig missed this?  

Forty Years Ago - Visit Fresno County 3_22_1952

Oh BOY would I like to know more about this!  Sig went to Tijuana?  And what did the excitement look like?  Did he have trouble getting back into the country?  I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for more information!

Forty Years Ago - Tijuana 10_28_1954
I know that Sig loved to play tennis and, apparently, was quite good at it.  I’m sure he was thrilled to see this in the newspaper on October 10, 1955.
Forty Years Ago - Tennis Championships 10_18_1955
It seems that Sig and E.A. Berg seemed to spend a lot of time together – this is the first I’ve heard about the Fresno County Fair.
Forty Years Ago - Fresno County Fair 8_20_1955

Street dance?  Street dance?  I realize Sig was involved in a lot of organizations and activities but a street dance????

Forty Years Ago - Street Dance 11_15_1955

Now I need to keep my eyes peeled for the American City – I’d love to read more about the Fresno Commercial Club.  I know Sig spent the majority of his career in commercial real estate - I have a TON of scrapbooks with articles about development to prove it!

Forty Years Ago - Fresno Commercial Club 11_12_1955

Earlier in the scrapbook (HERE) I shared a newspaper article and now I’ve found the original photo.  If not for the newspaper account, I would have no idea what was going on here on October 26, 1952.

Realty Board 10_26_1952

And a very fun article (with a photo) from July 17, 1953.  I’ve found lots of photos and other ephemera from their cruises (HERE, HERE, and HERE) but I’ve not seen anything from cruising in 1953.  I’m so glad there’s a newspaper article to tell us and even show us a photo!

Travelers - 7_17_1953

Six weeks?  Now THAT’S a cruise!

Thanks to both of my grandparents for being packrats and scrapbookers!


  1. Just how big was Fresno back then? Your grandfather was involved in so many things---he must be a city legend!

    1. I don't know about a legend but the Levy family seemed to be quite well known. Just looking I see that in the 19teens the population was 24-45,000 and by the late 60's (when he died) it was about 150,000.

  2. So hardly a small town! Quite impressive that he made the paper so often. He must have been quite something!