I recently discovered the online digital image collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. While it’s not as vast as the New York Public Library Digital Galley (which is a wonder) I found the California perspective refreshing. This photograph of an old Western saloon was unearthed while searching for the Mojave Desert images. Excitedly inspired by this old timey photo I carelessly mistyped ‘saloon’ as ‘salon’ into the search engine. The misspelling produced the most glamorous results! Sometimes it’s best to just type a random word into these image library search engines, curious things you’d never find otherwise pop up. See below!
My first search was for the “Mojave Desert”.
Interior view of California Saloon in Randsburg in the Mojave Desert circa 1898.
Which led to my missearch of “salon”.
Beauty salon on Sunset Boulevard.
Ng family, Pauline’s House of Beauty.
Si Fat Ng, Blue Sky Beauty Salon.
A woman having her hair done in a “natural” style at Natural Kuumba Hair Salon.
Salon at Saks-Fifth Avenue store.
A patron of the Bullock’s Westwood department store beauty shop in 1934.
Member of the “LA HAIRPORT” hair salon.
P.S. I ended up finding some excellent ‘SALOON’ photos, more to come. xo.