Rancho La Brea Collectibles

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The Rancho La Brea fossil collection, as formely exhibited at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, seen in this lobby card from the movie 13 Ghosts (1960).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of a set of 75 La Brea informative cards apparently distributed to the LA City Schools (1950s?).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(To see William Otto’s highly collectible La Brea animal figures, CLICK HERE. And to see some very old images from Rancho La Brea in three dimensions, CLICK HERE.)

Most of my Rancho La Brea collectibles constitute postcards (see below; and there are lots of them I’m not showing here). The older collectibles — some featuring La Brea mascot Smilodon fatalis, the sabre-toothed cat (and California State Fossil) — were sold at the gift shop at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the more recent ones at the newer George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries.

 Outside the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postcard reproducing the mural, painted in 1926 by artist Charles R. Knight for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, depicting a hypothetical scene of what would one day become Rancho La Brea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panthera atrox skeleton.

 

 

Smilodon fatalis skeleton and life restoration.

 

 Paramylodon harlani skeleton and life restoration.