Today, the Book Club of California celebrated 100 years of fine printing about the history and literature of California at a centennial luncheon in San Francisco. While based in Northern California, the Club publishes handsomely printed books, keepsakes and ephemera that feature the history of Los Angeles. For example, pictured here is the cover of the annual keepsake for 2006 — 14 reproductions of Southern California travel posters from 1896-1965 with an essay on the collection by Victoria Daily called “From Ramona to Gidgit” (this keepsake and others are for sale on the Club’s web site).
The Club’s newest book is a treasure of historic black and white photos of downtown Los Angeles by William Reagh. Designed by Reagh’s son, Patrick, the book is introduced by photography collector and dealer, Michael Dawson. (LA Observed featured some of Reagh’s wonderful photos).
To celebrate its centennial, the Club has mounted a traveling exhibition, “Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100,” currently on display in its San Francisco headquarters. The exhibit is scheduled to be shown at the Claremont Colleges Library in January.