Blogs: Local History

  • Sonny Madrid: Lowrider Legend and Morehat, sunglasses and mustache (artwork)

    Photo provided by : Joey Flores Many people know Sonny Madrid as the founder of Lowrider magazine, but that’s just a small part of the story.
    Posted by: Estella Inda on Friday, January 11, 2019 - 5:38 PM | Comments: 2
  • Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner EntrancesImage: Park and Hester Market at 1451 Park Avenue.

    We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or former corner grocery stores, and I suppose the intention was for ease of access. I didn't realize how many there were around San Jose until I started looking for them to photograph. Maybe you'll recognize some of the examples below:  
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 2
  • Story and King: San José's Lowrider CultureLowrider car

    Photo Credit: Suzanne Lopez (in blog image) and Maria Herrera (blog icon image)  
    Posted by: Estella Inda on Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:25 PM | Comments: 8
  • Looking Back: The Keystone Company of San JoseImage: The Keystone Company's Model T truck logo.

    The Keystone Company traces its origins back to 1867, though it's a trail filled with acquisitions, divisions, name and ownership changes. The company began as a wholesale grocery firm founded by Conrad Renzel in 1885.  Conrad's son Ernest Renzel Sr. took over operations in 1898, incorporating as Keystone Company in 1905.  In 1915, Keystone absorbed a coffee and spice company that had been founded as Barrett, Caswell, & Hunt in 1867 (later known as Eagle Coffee & Spice Mills).
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 1
  • Uncovering the California Room - Spooky FindsA spoopy version of the California Room bear logo

    The California Room is a Special Collection archive located on the 5th floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library It is the repository for various books, maps, scrapbooks, periodicals, and other materials related to California history. Below are highlights of some spooky-themed finds you can locate in the room which are focused around local urban legends and true crime.
    Posted by: Marisol Roman on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:27 AM | Comments: 0