Places– of Charm

A few words from his circa 1920 pro-tamale speech, Los Angeles Councilman Fred Wheeler said, “The tamale put Los Angeles on the map. Drive these tamale wagons from our streets? Never.”  L.A. Times writer Gustavo Arellano reminds readers that horse-drawn carts carrying L.A.’s first street food beat today’s food-truck scene by more than a century.  The origins of the city’s sellers of cheap price and irresistible taste places them as far back as the 1870s.  The photo below is from the archives of XLNT, and it wasn’t just Latinos who operated tamale wagons– African Americans, Europeans and whites also partook in the industry.


4 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. One of my three sons, Ted Meyer, lives and works as a med-surg R.N. in Los Angeles. He has a favorite tamale wagon he frequents now and then. He owes them, he says– when in college and not having a lot of money.

  2. I can speak for Kathleen, Mary Alice. Ted and his girlfriend who also shoots fashion photography, actively work for top modeling agencies in L.A. They have a huge loft in the fashion district and do work there– love their place, so urban and artsy– a renovated factory. The lobby is elegant and looks like a business– SoCal SoCool.

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