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, January 25, 2013

Gold Hills Painted Utility Box


Thanks to Doug, Monrovia volunteer extraordinaire, for the above photo of Missy, the artist.


This most recent painting is at the base of Gold Hills.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Huell Howser And Monrovia, California


I never got the chance to photograph Mr. Howser in Monrovia.  The above photo was taken when he became the honorary mayor of Sierra Madre back in 2007.

Huell Howser made a couple of shows about the people and places of Monrovia.
The first was a visit to the Aztec Hotel on Foothill Blvd.  Thanks to Huell and Chapman University, the episode can be viewed anytime at the following link:  http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2006/01/09/aztecwigwam-californias-gold-8002/

Things have changed at the Aztec since the episode was filmed.  The hotel has a new owner and a new restaurant is about to open inside.

The second episode filmed in Monrovia was about The Whistling Diva - Carole Anne Kaufman - and the Wizard of Bras store.  This episode has been available on Youtube:


Monday, January 21, 2013

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