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A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: #7 Citrus Packing Label

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 Cooper Crane Claremont Heritage A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: #7 Citrus Packing Label Artifact Description: Various lithographed packing labels depicting scenes from California and exotic locations advertising citrus and lemons. Labels either affixed to citrus crates or printed for application. What are the reasons why people move to California? California is the largest state in the US by population, and for decades, symbolized the quintessential ideal of the American dream, in literature, music and in film. Many are familiar with the California Gold Rush and the scramble to the state in search of golden riches, either overland or via the famous California Clipper ships. The sudden growth prompted California’s rapid and unprecedented transition to statehood, skipping the normal process of becoming a territory first, so early in its inclusion in the United States. Economic opportunities then, certainly are a strong explanation for immigration into California, given Californi

#6 “Vortox Oil Bath Air Cleaner”-Vortox Collections

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 May 2024 #6 “Vortox Oil Bath Air Cleaner”-Vortox Collections By Cooper Crane Artifact Description: Vortox Company Oil Bath Air Cleaner and Vortex Chamber Body. Stainless steel design with saddle bracket attachment, used to clean dust and debris from intake air for industrial equipment. We discussed last week in our previous post, the role of the citrus industry in Claremont’s development, and how citrus orchards transformed the local environment and economy. We discussed the social effects of the citrus industry and the labor force, namely Mexican Americans who kept Orchard Heaters fueled to protect citrus from the cold weather. Today we will be talking about one of the few manufacturing companies that existed in Claremont, one that is central to the history of Claremont itself, and to Claremont Heritage.   Herman Garner, patriarch of the Garner family designed the Vortox air cleaner that became the basis for the Claremont based, Vortox corporation. In 1918, Herman Garner filed a

A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Orchard Heater-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection #5 "Orchard Heater/Smudge Pot"

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A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Orchard Heater-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection  #5 "Orchard Heater/Smudge Pot" Artifact Description: Red metallic cylinder approximately two feet in height with reservoir base and ventilated funnel stack. Orchard Heaters, also called Smudge pots, were a common sight across Southern California for almost half a century. Considered mandatory equipment for citrus orchards during the winter season, they were used to prevent frosting of citrus during winter cold periods. Although the orchards that smudge pots kept warm are now mostly gone, the transformation and environmental changes they brought are still relevant to us today. The smudge pot was invented by William Scheu in Grand Junction Colorado in 1907, who designed an oil-burning stack heater that would help to protect crops against frost that was more reliable than either coal burners or an open fire. Scheu moved to Upland, California where he founded a company that designed smudge pots

A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Surfboard-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection #4 "Surfboard"

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A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Surfboard-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection  #4 "Surfboard" Artifact Description: Balsa wood surfboard in canvas, approximately four feet long and two feet wide, located in the Garner House; child’s bedroom.  Walking through Claremont, one doesn’t have to look to hard to see surfboards. On the tops of people’s cars, you can find a veritable array of different boards with different graphics and colors, each a sort of factional marking; a statement that the owner is a true Californian. At my home institution, Pomona College, there is an Outdoor Educational Center where students can borrow surfboards, boogie boards, and wetsuits for weekend trips to the beach; it is expected that some students will seek the coast and California’s breaks. The Surfboard is such an indistinguishable part of Southern Californian Culture that it almost is impossible to imagine the landscape without it. But hidden inside surfboards is a historic story, one with many

A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Philco Television-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection

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A History of Claremont in 100 Objects: Philco Television-Mary Garner Hirsch Collection  #3 "Philco Television Cabinet" Artifact Description: Philco Model 50-T1478 Television and cabinet with record player and radio set, part of the Mary Garner Hirsch Collection  This Philco TV cabinet from 1950 is an icon of the Mid-Century American home. As early as the 1960s, most American households had at least one television. The advent of television represented new and evolving forms of entertainment, and of the dissemination of information. In the Garner House, this TV is set in the living room, as it may have been in the late 40s or early 50s. Sitting across from a radio cabinet and below the Garner’s music balcony, three separate eras of entertainment and leisure come together visually to show both technological and cultural progression.  The Garner family's Philco 50-T1478 television cabinet Like the Viewmaster discussed in our previous blog, the television was a new mode for th