Old Images of Pasadena, California

Pasadena, California, around 1899.

Glimpse history through old images of Pasadena, California, in the USA.

Rose Pageants

The annual Rose Pageant attracted newsreel attention in the early twentieth century.


USA: Annual rose carnival (1916) – British Pathé on YouTube


In Pasadena – The City Of Roses (1927) – British Pathé on YouTube


In Passadena City Of Roses (1930) – British Pathé on YouTube

Rose pageant held in Pasadena (1935) – British Pathé on YouTube

Millions Of Flowers In A Pasadena Parade (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube

USA: New Years Day celebrations: Tournament of Flowers in Pasadena (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube

Tournament Of Roses In Pasadena (1938) – British Pathé on YouTube


Rose Parade in Pasadena (1949) – British Pathé on YouTube

Rose Parade in Pasadena (1948) – British Pathé on YouTube

Californians watch tournament of roses (1947) British Pathé on YouTube

1930s Pasadena Rodeo

Taking The Bumps (1930-1939) – British Pathé on YouTube

1933: Einstein

In 1933, famous German scientist Albert Einstein visited several American universities, including a third two-month visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

He was accompanied by his second wife Elsa, who was also his cousin. Two years later Elsa was diagnosed with heart and kidney problems, and died in December 1936.

In this footage from March 1933, they are leaving Pasadena by train. They were travelling back to their home in Berlin, which had been repeatedly raided by the German authorities while they were away.

En route to Germany, the German Reichstag passed the Enabling Act and other laws, taking away Einstein’s ability to teach in German Universities. The Einsteins never got to Berlin, and needed help from the Academic Assistance Council to escape Germany, leaing everything behind them. By this time Einstein’s books were being publicly burned in Germany.

After years in Europe, Einstein returned to the US in 1935. He became an American citizen in 1940, settling into his career at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Herr Einstein Homeward Bound (1930-1939) – British Pathé on YouTube

Herr Einstein Homeward Bound Aka Herr Einstein Homward (1933) – British Pathé on YouTube

1960s: Mars & Moon

This Is Mars! (1965) – British Pathé on YouTube

First Pictures Of Mars (1969) – British Pathé on YouTube

Lunar Camera (1967) – British Pathé on YouTube

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology, known as Caltech, is a private research university in Pasadena, California.

It was founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891, and was originally called Throop University.

Elastic Water (1967) – British Pathé on YouTube

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