Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mystery History


Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to guess correctly will win a fabulous prize!

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

12 comments:

ben wideman said...

Hmm... they must be lining up for a U2 concert at the Rose Bowl.

Cafe Observer said...

These are the early risers for our monthly Rose Bowl Flea market. They have to pay xtra to get in line early.

Davis said...

Unlike today, when a number of tickets for the annual Rose Bowl game are available to Pasadena residents at the Pasadena Civic Center box office, back in the 50's (by the look of the womens' coats), tickets were sold at the stadium itself. The first day these were available, folks arrived early in the morning for their spot in line. Some brought folding chairs, others made fires to ease the chill.

Sound plausible? (I wasn't there.)

Margaret said...

I like Davis's idea. It's better than mine. I thought there was a Depression-era bread line going on. But I did know it was at the Rose Bowl.

Mister Earl said...

Obviously the Rose Bowl. Before I read what Margaret wrote, I typed: "I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's during the Depression and that this is some sort of a food line." I'm going to stick with that. A food line, at the Rose Bowl.

altadenahiker said...

I think they're shoot a movie. But which one?

Bellis said...

You're all wrong - they're auditioning for American Idol.

Mister Earl said...

I think Karin's right. The light standards at the stadium look fairly modern and make me think that this photo was taken in more recent years, not in the '30s or even '40s.

JoyceHT said...

Lining up for the first Rose parade?

Cafe Pasadena said...

I'll take a more serious crack at this since it's the Rose Bowl we the city finally decided to help from from falling apart!

There are people lining up to buy tickets for the RoseBowl game back in the EARLY 1950's. A PUBLIC sale of RB tix believe it or not! Then, as now, there were many, many more buyers in line than the 1750 pair of tickets available and tix sold out in a couple of hours - like with some concerts of today.

Petrea said...

But there's smoke. Isn't that smoke? Would that actually be from people smoking?

Jean Spitzer said...

looks like a bread line, but the coat's wrong. 50s and tickets seem more likely.