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Are they celebrating Pasadena's 50th Anniversary in 1936 with a giant birthday cake?
Pasadena's foray into cheesecake.
Rose princesses obsessed with cake?
Rose Parade court celebrating a major milestone in the parade?
Seniors from Westridge school for girls, model in a sauna designed by Buckminster fuller. Hats courtesy of Jacob Maarse
Actually, this photo was shot in 1938 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Pasadena nonprofit called Horns-A-Plenty. Horn-A-Plenty ceased operations in 1942 during World War II because the medical staff were drafted into the war effort. Horns-A-Plenty had both a treatment hospital and residence cottages and was located near Eaton Canyon. They specialized in helping children and young adults suffering from a rare, abnormal condition where the bone tissue of the human skull elongated to form a long vertical spire similar in appearance to a tapered horn or the spear of a spearfish. Children with this condition had long been ostracized in their classrooms being called such names as "unicorn freaks" and "horn dogs." Here in this picture, 15 of the live-in patients of Horns-A-Plenty came up with the idea of pretending their "horns" were birthday candles What a delightful way to celebrate 15 years of service to the community!
The cake is lined with Y's for the YWCA. The 15 candles are there for its fifteenth anniversary. The photo would have been taken on the grass behind the Julia Morgan YWCA building west of city hall.
Boy. Horns-a-Plenty sounds so good (and so K.C.B.). But I think Michael C. is probably right this time.
I believed Horns-a-Plenty was the right solution until I got to the horn dogs bit, tee hee. My guess is that Michael will take the prize this week.
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