He became largely associated with Brooklyn, the city where he rounded the bases with his team, the Dodgers. However, long before he was launched into immortality on Ebbets Fields, Jackie Robinson was a hailed hero of Southern California.
In the early part of the 20th century, Southern California was a land bathed in seemingly perpetual sunshine, scented by fields of orange blossoms as far as the eye could see. At least, that's what was marketed to the rest of the country.
From 1939 into the early 1990s, William Reagh shot the people and streets of Los Angeles, creating a series of fascinating time capsules. Twenty years after his death, Reagh's name still means something to many in the city of Los Angeles.
As if most images of L.A. weren't weird enough, now there's a whole new crop of photos that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles. They're rare snapshots of a (mostly) mid-century L.A., documenting a zeitgeist that no longer exists.