May 9, 1942: These California farm families are preparing to evacuate to internment camps, as documented by photographer Dorothea Lange.
Centerville, California. Farm families of Japanese ancestry awaiting the evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center along with 595 others evacuated from this district under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 34. 05/09/1942
Dorothea Lange, photographer. From the Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. You can find our past posts on Japanese American Internment & Relocation under the #Japanese American Internment tag.
Here’s a rare photo of Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where the first Coca-Cola fountain drink was sold on May 8, 1886. According to The Coca-Cola Company website, Dr. John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, “carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for five cents a glass.” Jacobs’ Pharmacy was located on the southwest corner of Peachtree and Marietta Streets in Atlanta.
The Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center houses the Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs Papers. The majority of this collection documents the professional activities of Dr. Joseph Jacobs, and his son Sinclair Jacobs as proprietors of Jacobs’ Pharmacy in Atlanta. Among the official records of Jacobs’ Pharmacy are samples of labels for products, a notebook and loose papers containing formulae for medicines and cosmetics, product catalogs, copies of Jacob’s Monthly Magazine, and official correspondence. The collection also contains personal items of Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs, including professional journals such as Drug Topics, and the American Journal of Pharmacy. Also included are newspaper clippings, and speeches and writings authored by Joseph Jacobs on the subjects of Crawford Long, The Coca-Cola Company, and medical drugs used during the Civil War.
In 1897, a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It may seem like a preposterous notion now—everyone knows Angelenos don’t get out of their cars—but at the time, amidst the height of a pre-automobile worldwide cycling boom, the idea attracted the attention of some hugely powerful players. And it almost got built.