The Pink Oasis: Time Magazine, July 4, 1949.


"That amazing mechanism, the human eye, adjusts itself to Los Angeles in a matter of hours. The optic nerves grow submissive before the red glare of geraniums, the flash of windshields, the sight of endless and improbable vistas of pastel stucco. Even on his first, casual, hundred-mile drive the pilgrim achieves a kind of stunned…

Exploding Bomb in Encino Mailbox.


     Photograph article dated March 9, 1961 "Exploding mailboxes in an exclusive Encino residential neighborhood are arousing a vigilante-type reaction in some homeowners. The latest victim, Frank A. Fuller of 4495 Libbit Ave., whose mailbox was blown from its curbside mounting Friday by some kind of explosive, said: “I own this place, I pay taxes…

1975 Los Angeles by Ed Ruscha


The Getty has 45,856 digitized photographs of Los Angeles by Edward Ruscha. I went to look at just a part of it, May 1975 (3,724 images).  There are black and white photographs of entire stretches of streets in our city, for example every structure along Melrose Avenue for miles. Many who possess far greater insights than I will concoct…

People People Envy


In 1961, the Valley Times newspaper ran a contest to promote a new insert, Weekend.  The winners produced a clipping of Miss Weekend Weather and claimed a $10 prize if they were chosen.  A photo essay, with pictures of the winners, entitled, “People People Envy” ran on September 3, 1961 in the Valley Times. All the women…

You March That Way, You’ll Live This Way


1955. Once upon a time, my father’s family lived on the South Side of Chicago. Grandpa Harry and Grandma Fanny had their little house on 88th and Clyde, a squat brick home built in 1950 with a back porch and a spotless kitchen.  Uncle Paul, Aunt Frances and Barry lived on Luella, not far from Grandpa…

Crossing Ventura.


Sometime in late 2018, early 2019, I’m not sure exactly when, they created a pedestrian crosswalk, with flashing lights, across Ventura Boulevard. at Ventura Canyon Avenue.  The crossing is about a block east of Woodman and a few doors down from Yok Ramen at 13608 Ventura where I go about once a week. This is in…