"Quaker Colony Brand Tomatoes," EPH-022. Part of the Whittier Historical Visual Collection.

"Quaker Colony Brand Tomatoes, Whittier Canning Company". Whittier Historical Visual Collection. EPH-022.

The Whittier Historical Publications include digitized images of printed materials documenting the growth of Whittier area communities from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

The button below will take you to a searchable database that contains all Visual Collection items. See also below the sub-categories, links and descriptions of materials in this collection.


Matchbook Covers: More than 200 matchbook covers advertising Whittier area businesses were lent to the library by collector Bob Donnelson and the Angelus Match Cover Club. These have primarily been dated by street addresses, which changed throughout Whittier in 1966, and by whether the "striker" is on the front of back of the matchbook. In 1971, a law was passed prohibiting front strikers, and businesses were given until 1973 to distribute their back stock of front strikers.

: These items of collectible memorabilia, which were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness, reveal unique details about Whittier's past. Here you can peruse tickets, event programs, advertisements, pamphlets, and product labels.

We welcome any additional information you may have about any of these materials. Please send comments or questions to: historyroom@whittierlibrary.org.