Van Nuys at Dusk: July 2, 2018.


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The Golden Age of Gasoline.


In the 1920s, fanciful, imaginative, inventive gas stations were built all over the Southland. They mined every era in history, borrowing minarets from the Middle East, Chinese pagodas and southwestern adobe ranch houses. But the most memorable and dazzling ones looked forward to the future, sweeping in with illuminated glass signage, polished steel pumps and…

Charm’s End.


If one were seeking calmness, emptiness, and quiet, a strange but real place to find it might be found on Victory Boulevard, north of Alameda in Burbank. Here, after 6pm, on a Friday evening, between the close of business and the setting of the sun, I walked, with a friend and a camera, along this…

Los Angeles’ History: the Whittington Photo Collection.


"The "Dick" Whittington Studio was the largest and finest photography studio in the Los Angeles area from 1924 to 1987. Specializing in commercial photography, the Whittington Studio took photographs for nearly every major business and organization in Los Angeles; in so doing, they documented the growth and commercial development of Los Angeles. Clients included Max…

Old Burbank in Photographs.


Reader Boyd Kelly sent me a link where one can find many old time images of Burbank. They show an all-white, all-American town, baked in sunshine; a place of boys and men in close-cropped hair, girls in braids, and women in dresses. Magnolia, Hollywood Way, Victory, Olive, Alameda, San Fernando Road: all the storied and…