Friday, July 01, 2016

The Return of Clifton's



It took many years to finish the much anticipated restoration/renovation of Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown LA, but I can assure you that it was worth the wait!

The vintage terrazzo tiles still greet you at the front entrance:





The inside is even more spectacular than before.





Cleaned and polished, it still has that kitschy retro vibe but now boasts a very hip and happening feel.



You'll still find many of the much beloved hidden delights throughout the space:









The good ol' taxidermied animals:







But they now coexist with some very happening spaces that just scream come back at night!







Even the bathrooms look great!



Of course most important of all is the food. I give it a rousing 2 thumbs up! The meatloaf was out of this world, and so was the very flavorful mac and cheese.



Naturally, I had to go with a shooter of jello for dessert. It only seemed fitting.



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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Framed



While sometimes just the vintage-nature of an image makes it spectacular enough; having it well composed is just icing on the cake. Today I present three undated 1950s images from the same photographer who obviously took a little extra time to frame his photos in a creative way.

They were taken from this gazebo that was once on the Rivers of America:





I am totally digging this shot of Storybook Land.



This one was taken from inside the second floor of the Golden Horseshoe:



Compare with the exterior shot to see that the window arch matches:



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Exiting The Future



This undated 1950s shot shows guests exiting the Monsanto House of the Future at Disneyland. The clue to the date of this shot lies in the arms of the two ladies at the top of the stairs. Let's take a closer look.



Multiple pieces in the arms of the gal on the right; on the left, it appears to be the back of a magazine. A bit blurry, but one of the headline words appears to be "Controlled."



Anyone? Anyone?

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