Thursday, November 18, 2010

El Camino Real

When you collect little pieces of old paper you sometimes run into items that become problems. Either you cannot identify them or your identification cannot be complete because of a lack of an outside verifying source. Such is the case with these "stamps." Here is what I can tell you about them.

In October of 1946 the Los Angeles City School District was the recipient of a gift from the Los Angeles Times newspaper. This gift was in the form of a book entitled "El Camino Real," and it was given to all 7th grade students in the Los Angeles City School District. This text was accompanied by a series of 65 color stamps that corresponded with the lesson being studied. When the lesson was completed the stamp would be placed in the appropriate place in the book.












Twenty -five thousand copies of the book and stamps were distributed in Los Angeles and San Diego county schools, and in 25 years of looking I have never seen this book. I have these stamps but they are not a complete set. The stamps have different historically significant events in California history. My inability to find this book is a particular irritant to me.

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