Friday, August 17, 2018

Interlude at Clifton's



After touring the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, the UCDA group reconvened at Clifton's in downtown Los Angeles until our Neon Cruise began (more on that later!).



Unfortunately, the cafeteria part of Clifton's was closed when we arrived...



so drinks had to suffice. A Moscow Mule on tap. Who knew???



Never content to just sit, I began noticing (and photographing) little details.



Then got up and wandered around to see the taxidermy...



and this gorgeous "tree" that's the centerpiece of the building.



Oh those light fixtures!



This gothic bar is a beauty.



One of these days I'll get to see the South Seas room. I just need to plan my trip to Clifton's a little better next time!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

MONA, Motels, and More



Until August 26, the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale has an exhibit titled “There’s More to Neon Signs Than Liquor, Motels and Live Nude Girls” and “Motel California.”

With a touch of humor, the majority of this exhibit features signs about liquor, motels, live nude girls...and motels.

And I loved it. With designer, author, and saver-of-vintage-neon Eric Lynxwiler as our group's tour guide, we had a blast looking at the other-worldly glow that emanated from these vintage neon masterpieces. See the neon in the tube travel closer to Eric. Apparently water attracts neon!



This little guy was amazing to watch. I felt like Dr. Frankenstein in the laboratory!



Eric showed the different colors possible and how they were achieved.



I'll let your eyes feast upon the twists and graceful curves achieved by some of the neon artists of yesteryear.





A few animated gifs to show you the neon in action:







Last and definitely not least is one of my favorites:



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Return of the Dragon



Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is arguably the most famous movie theatre in the country. Of course it's famous for the cement footprints in the front court area, but it's also known for the spectacular neon that graced the fa├žade, especially the two dragons that faced each other since 1958.



In 2001, both dragons were removed and disappeared from public view until now, when you can see one of the dragons fully restored, thanks to the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale (aka MONA).



It took about eleven years of fundraising and restoration, and it was TOTALLY worth it. The sound of the mechanism as the neon inches up to the head of the dragon is like music to Eric Lynxwiler's ears (more on him in future posts!).



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cleaning Up The Lagoon, 1964



In early 1964, the Submarine Voyage attraction at Disneyland turned 5; apparently it was time to clean out the lagoon and give things a tuneup. This February 1964 image gives us three stand-alone detail shots to enjoy, with the first one being the Skyway Buckets with the Tomorrowland Station in the background.



Here we see three different modes of Disneyland transportation: the Red Monorail, the Autopia, and the Disneyland Railroad. All three are still in operation today. Wow!



The last view shows the subs themselves in dry dock with the lagoon completely drained.



This other image, most likely taken from the Skyway too, gives a different vantage point of the drained lagoon.



A detailed view of the equipment for all of you vintage mechanical geeks out there!



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mildred on Monday



In the 1945 film noir classic “Mildred Pierce,” the city of Glendale plays a key (but uncredited role) for the movie's scenic backdrop. Her modest home (where she bakes the pies that lead to her fortune and downfall) is on “Corvallis Street”; in reality the home is on Jackson Street.



And looks very much the same! Except for the replaced windows.



Daughters Kay (Jo Ann Marlowe) and Veda (Ann Blyth) walk home from school down “Corvallis”:



Walking down this quaint street it's easy to time travel back to the 1940s; other than the taller trees! Note how large that Palm in Mildred's front yard has gotten!



Here's the Glendale Post Office; most likely where Mildred mailed her letters:



An interior view:



The 1925 Alex Movie Theatre in Glendale; I wonder what locals thought when the movie played here? Hey, that's my house!



The terrazzo in front:



The theatre seemed to be under renovations or perhaps just some early morning repairs; the court is very reminiscent of the Egyptian in Hollywood:



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Friday, August 10, 2018

Gilda gets dressed



A behind-the-scenes shot of costume designer Jean Louis making sure his soon-to-be-famous black sheath looked perfect on Rita Hayworth. Director Charles Vidor stands in the background watching the proceedings. Hayworth's “Put the Blame on Mame” striptease number is still a classic.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Chicken of the Sea Christening



If you’ve been on my website, you've probably seen this shot from the christening of the new and improved Chicken of the Sea Restaurant at Disneyland which included the Skull Rock Lagoon. Recently I was contacted by somebody who pointed out that I had misidentified the gentlemen surrounding Walt, who are Gilbert Van Camp Jr. and Gilbert Van Camp Sr.

Why would I listen to some know-it-all who contacts me out of the blue? Because he was there that day! John Copeland is the lucky little boy, standing with his father Glenn Copeland. Note the Lucky Strike cigarettes in Walt's hands.



The other correction John gave me was that the "character" in this shot often referred to as Peg Leg Pete was actually known as Captain Guy. “He had lost his leg during the Korean War. One of the duties of the crew who worked the restaurant was to keep the decks mopped so that anything that was spilled on them would not cause Captain Guy to slip and fall. Unfortunately that happened more than Guy liked. He loved being around the kids.”



Many thanks to John Copeland for contacting me and sharing this way cool photo!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Shirley and Guy Reunion



The 1947 RKO film “Honeymoon” is romantic comedy starring Shirley Temple and Guy Madison. There was very little that the two attractive stars could do with the lame plot created by the writers and it failed miserably at the Box Office, losing $675,000. That's a lot of moola!



Over forty years later, Shirley and Guy were reunited for the photographers in these November 1988 shots:



Still looking good, but not a lot of chemistry here; and why should there be? Shirley had already met her Prince Charming, Charles Black.



The occasion was Shirley’s book tour for her autobiography, “Child Star.”



Hopefully Part Two of her book will be released in the very near future!

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Martin Evolution on Monday



Are you humming “You must have been a been a beautiful baby?” How could you not with this adorable photo of a very young Steve Martin. Pre-banjo; pre-wild-and-crazy-guy; pre-Jerk...this is about as young as it gets. Here's how the photo looked before I did a little restoration work:



Photo #2 from the vaults of Martin shows an eight-year-old Steve. Already you can see the wit developing behind the smiling eyes.



This undated shot shows Steve hard at work selling Disneyland Guidebooks at the entrance to Disneyland.



Although the badly faded shot (which I was unable to restore any color to) is undated, it does give a few clues. For sale at the Disneyland Newsstand are two different Zorro Dell Books with Guy Williams on the cover. The “Zorro” series ran from October 1957 to July 1959. This Dell comic is dated Dec.-Feb. 1959:



The other cover visible on the stand is dated March-May 1960, after the series had already ended.



Thanks to David from Gorillas Don't Blog, I can now show the two other Dell Comic Covers both Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie on the newsstand; the first is from March 1960:



And this one is from October 1960, which would make me guess that this shot is from Fall 1960.



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