Category: Books

Parade in Bakersfield


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Circa 1939, Parade view at Baker’s Motor Market at 2328 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, California. Despite close inspection, the graphics on the costume are not easily readable. The emblem on the front does not appear to be the seal of the city nor of Kern County but the word at the bottom appears to be “CALIFORNIA.” The lettering on the side might be “ANY BOOK YOU NEED” and possibly “BY ANNE [unreadable]” with “COUNTY LIBRARY” at the bottom.

Day of the Locust


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“…West came to California late in the 1930s to write film scripts…[H]e was a connoisseur of disenchantment with American dreams, and what he found in Hollywood did not disappoint him. …The Day of the Locust (1939)…dealt with the hordes of people—especially those from the Midwest—who came to Southern California for breathy excitement but found that life was a numbing succession of perfect, empty, cloudless days.”

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Fictional characters introduced in 1939

Some have endured such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Philip Marlowe and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Click on the links below to learn more:

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