March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

City Christmas Tree Pre-lit


The official tree lighting ceremony takes place on
Thursday Dec. 6th at 6:00 p.m.
The Christmas parade follows at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stuck In The Middle Of The Beginning Of The End

Moving everything out of the soon to be demolished Monrovia Public Library.

I hope they include something from this library into the new one so it doesn't fade completely into history.

The empty corkboard seems so final.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving decorations were a little hard to find. Most businesses went straight to Christmas decorations already.

This photo is of the Monrovia Restaurant.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

This Used To Be...#4

Orange Julius. The stand on the corner is now Los Chilis Locos and you might also be able to see that the sign across the front of the building itself still says "Johnni's Burger."

This is an important corner for Monrovia history. The Certified Market hidden behind Los Chilis Locos used to be Pronto Market. Pronto Market was the company that would eventually become Trader Joe's. This would all come full circle when Trader Joe's moved their headquarters to Monrovia.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rankin Peak


Rankin Peak marker. And the shadow from my head.

Taken while on this hike.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This Used To Be... #3


JC Penney. How many stand alone JC Penney stores are left?

It had 2 floors - a street level and a lower level. I would go down to
the lower level and buy vinyl singles for 99 cents.

It's currently: The 4th Dimension.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

This Used To Be...#2

... an A&W drive up burger stand. We used to ride our bikes there in the summer and get megaphone shaped containers of ice cold root beer. Then we'd annoy the neighborhood with the megaphones.

Now it's the Mediterranean Garden Grill Restaurant.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

This Used To Be...#1

Time for a little nostalgia. On this spot before The Gables, there was a one screen movie theatre originally called the Lyric Theatre. Later, when I was growing up, I knew it as the Crest Theatre.

Here's a photo of the old Lyric / Crest Theatre from the USC Digital Archive.

Here's a little more info from Cinema Treasures.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Harding Court


The last of a breed here in Monrovia - single story courtyard style apartments.

I remember there were others many years ago but I can't think of any others currently in Monrovia. Anyone know of others?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Smoke Filtered Sunlight


This was taken a little over a week ago when all the fires were burning here in SoCal. The location is the quarter mile trail in Monrovia Canyon Park where the smoke is readily apparent. And we were the lucky ones.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

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