Monday, January 22, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: There IS a Surviving Picture of Damien Marchesseault!

For years and years, Los Angeles historians have searched in vain for even ONE surviving picture of Damien Marchesseault. The book If City Hall's Walls Could Talk concurred that no pictures of Mayor Marchesseault were known to exist.

Apparently, one did survive, coming up for sale in Italy a little over three years ago.

I wish I'd seen that auction - I would have done anything to make the winning bid myself.

I've contacted the seller to ask where this treasure turned up. In the meantime, here he is:

HUGE tip of the beret to blog reader Jérôme Payelle for this incredible breakthrough. Merci beaucoup!

Edited to add: The picture made its way home to LA. (Thanks again, Jérôme!)

For once, I have no commentary to add. I feel like I'm going to faint.


  1. You’re not gonna believe it!!
    The carte de visite picture is in LA!
    The buyer was Paul R. Spitzzeri
    Homestead Museum
    15415 E Don Julian Road
    City of Industry, CA 91745

    1. Editing to add the link now. has been monumental. I feel like I'm going to pass out.

      Merci beaucoup!

  2. Is someone going to paint his portrait for the top of City Hall? TK

    1. Hopefully, but one thing at a time. He's STILL not on the official list of former mayors...

  3. Hello C.C., I've come across your blog several times and have enjoyed it. I was fortunate to be able to acquire the photo inscribed as Marchessault for the Homestead Museum and am glad it is here in Los Angeles and available for public educational use. Thanks, Paul R. Spitzzeri, Museum Director, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

    1. Hello Paul - Glad you like the blog. I will be emailing you about visiting the research library...