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'50s era car wash with Mercury Montclair

The sparkling clean car is a 1955 Mercury Montclair finished beautifully in aqua and cream, inside and out. This model was among the first of the 50s cars to be recognized as a classic. Thankfully the location of where this ultra rare car wash shot was taken is revealed in the background by the space age LAKEWOOD CENTER sign. When I was a kid my Aunt Karen and Uncle Melvin lived in Lakewood and I spent a lot of time there...

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Eastland Shopping Center

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of going to The Eastland Shopping Center in West Covina. I fondly remember as a four-year old taking the trip from home in Ontario sitting on the fold-down armrest in the backseat of my grandparents pink ‘58 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. I loved that car -of course- it had big tailfins. Eastland was amazing. When we were there I thought we were rich. Our first stop was always the May Company where it seems my grandma always bought a girdle. That was embarrassing.

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Happy New Year!!!!!

Frost Pumpkin Float

Happy New Year!!!!! Hard to believe it’s Two Thousand FOUR!!! We are living beyond the future!!!

For those of you who attended the Rose Parade I certainly hope that you had a GREAT time!

Speaking of the Rose Parade, last week’s SLIDE OF THE WEEK was one of the most unusual Rose Floats ever, “OUR FIRST QUARREL.” This week’s is the most pitiful rose float ever “The Frost That Kills the Pumpkin!” Can you believe it? Those big ears, that big red nose and all those missing teeth? Orange Gerber daisies have never looked SO bad! It was sponsored by the city of Van Nuys in 1957. And they even misspelled Pumpkin!

GOD BLESS AMERICANA and ROSE PARADEIANA!!