Sunday, January 21, 2018

Old Covina High, 1961

Recently added this Kodachrome transparency to my Covina ephemera collection. It's likely one of the last photos ever taken of the old Covina Union High School building on Citrus at Puente before it was set afire and subsequently demolished.


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If you look closely, you can see several windows have been broken, and even though the place was abandoned at this time, the grass looks like it's still being mowed regularly.

Note the date impressed on the slide: AUG 61.

Seeing the burned-out high school after the arson fire was one of my earliest memories of downtown Covina. I previously thought that was in 1960, but the date on the slide clearly shows the building was still standing a year later than that.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Strapping Youth

Unknown Covina Union High School Colt varsity baseball player from the 1930s. Photo attributed to Burton O. Burt, who was active in California and the Southwest in the early 20th century.


Image courtesy of seller tobeacat66 on eBay.

Some people I showed this to thought it might be a picture of a young "Doc" Sooter – the semi-legendary CHS sports coach – but one of them asked his surviving brother about it and it turns out Doc was still living with his family in Missouri at the time this photo was taken. So the young man's identity remains a mystery.

Anyway, regardless of who it is, this is a great image of a pre-War Covinan! His face really lights up the room, doesn't it?

Note: this 5x7 negative is currently available on eBay. Either click on the picture or this link, and it will take you to the ad page.