Happy Birthday to Ursula!

Ursula's 6th birthday celebration appeared in the society column of the Los Angeles Times in 1908

Ursula’s 6th birthday celebration appeared in the society column of the Los Angeles Times in 1908

In the summer of 1908, Ursula turned 6 — and the Los Angeles Times took note, as I discovered in my Internet research. Nestled among descriptions of other local events, this blurb appeared in the paper on June 14, 1908, under the heading, “Some Notable Festivities Incident to Society During the Past Week”:

“Mrs. A.D. Cheshire of No 1422 Malvern avenue gave a party in honor of the sixth birthday anniversary of her daughter, Ursula.”

Imagine my delight when I found the picture below in my “Mystery Dancer” antique photo album. I think it’s probable that this is a photo of said party! Ursula (at far right, squinting in the sun) looks to be around the right age, and this looks to be a kids’ party. And…with my magnifying glass, I can barely make out the numbers “1422” over the front door. (I love the little boy’s outfit, at far left, with tennis racket.)

I believe this photo was taken at Ursula's 6th birthday party, on the front lawn of the Cheshires' home in LA

I believe this photo was taken at Ursula’s 6th birthday party, on the front lawn of the Cheshires’ home in LA

Their house is still standing today…but more on that in my next post. Good night!

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