Sunday Afternoon on Kittridge St.


It was late Sunday afternoon in December, here in Van Nuys. The air was brisk, the sun was low, a pork butt simmered in the slow cooker. This is the time of the year when you can see the mountains beyond the orange trees. Days are brief and what gets done gets done quickly. The…

Friday Night Chrome.


The chrome, metal, motor and wheels crowd gathered at Bob's Big Boy, as they do every Friday night, to partake of a parking lot full of old restored cars. One old man had an old crank shaft Model T and was showing a crowd how to turn the engine on. There was a very long…

Studio City Farmer’s Market.


And sometimes, on Sunday morning, after the gym, I go to the Farmer’s Market on Ventura Place, in Studio City, where I eat a Blue Corn Tamale with Salsa, walk around, and observe and pronounce judgment on strangers who look familiar but whom I’ve never met. At the eastern end, near Radford, animals and children’s…

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…