MARCH 18, 2018 • 11am-3

FREE EVENT at Griffith Park

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
5202 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA

Join Charles Phoenix for an Addicted to Americana Book signing at Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn, a museum dedicated to Walt’s love of trains and model railroading. The exhibits chronicle how trains influenced many aspects of Walt’s life, including the creation of Disneyland Park. Books will be available for sale (cash or CC) Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.



Big Retro Slide Show Extravaganza

Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

NOTE: each show is different. Check Event schedule for show times.



Live Performance Celebrating the Original Disneyland Park in the 50s & 60s

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World
4401 Floridian Way
Orlando, FL

Be prepared for your Disney lovin’ spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a fun-filled, time-travel adventure to the granddaddy of all theme parks, when it was new.

With his unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles shares the backstories as he shares glorious vintage color images captured by tourists visiting Disneyland in the 50s and 60s –

Experience the early days of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and original Tomorrowland, when it was promoted as “The World of 1986.” Revisit long-gone attractions including the Skyway, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Stage Coaches, People Mover, Carousel of Progress, House of the Future and more.

Charles also shares the flaming beginnings of Disneyland’s iconic monorail, takes you inside of the legendary, House of the Future and transports you to outer space on the iconic TWA “Rocket to the Moon” and much more.

DETAILS: Shows runs 80 min, all seats general admission. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. Show is appropriate for all ages. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 3 and under do not require tickets. Refunds will only be issued should the show be canceled.

Select the Breakfast ticket option for the 11am show and join Charles from 9-10:30am for a traditional breakfast buffet (plus Mickey waffles!) in the Grand Floridian Conference Center before your show. See for more info



Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704

Catalina Island Museum presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace.

Be prepared for your Catalina loving’ spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on a time-travel storytelling and retro slide show adventure extravaganza exploring the island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.

Experience the backstories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Casino, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, and much more.

Charles also shares his vintage guide to today’s Catalina sightseeing, shopping, dining, and where to find the Island’s hidden treasures, time warps, and what not to miss as you discover Catalina as a great big theme park!

The performance is two-acts with an intermission. Festive dress is encouraged but not expected.

Aftershow Cake & Book Signing Party

You are invited to meet Charles following the performance at the Catalina Island Museum. Copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana, will be available for purchase.



Diner Dining

Circular signs of Gulf and Coca Cola dot in the distance across the parking lot where bright-eyed, dull-colored cars, parked outside boxy double white windowpanes, wait for their owners...



Bowling? 1953

This is an action shot!

With a short-stepping start to harmonize might, balance and aim, a gent blurrily hurls a heavy three-holed, big melon-sized ball down a hardwood lane. His hopes are high to send a set of pins into a spinning splat. His attentive teammate audience of two share his chartreuse shirt, styled and named for the sport they are playing.

Little do these bowlers know that their ball and pin sport is about to get a mid-century modern makeover. New automatic pin spotters and deluxe Googie space age style will sanitize the sport, make it sparkle and send it into the stratosphere of suburbia where it will become a favorite good-time grownup pastime.

But why, I wonder, is bowling called BOWLing when there are no bowls involved. Shouldn’t it be called BALLing?

Here’s to bowling and BALLing!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, Calif.
September 21, 2011


Steak Lady

A woman posing proudly with a fatty porterhouse steak, loosely wrapped in plastic, is letting all of the cold air out of the hardest working appliance in the house – it never stops! Between the big slab of meat, wheel of cheese, two jars of mayonnaise, bottle of mystery sauce, single tomato, bag of carrots, can of apple juice and quart of Borden’s homogenized milk the food pyramid is well represented here. A refrigerator’s job is simple – to preserve food. General Electric introduced the first in 1939.



It is thanks to the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth that we have the largest freestanding statue in the world, the "Golden Driller." They first introduced the 76 foot giant at Tulsa’s annual International Petroleum Exposition in 1953. In 1959 he was temporarily displayed again for the show. But it wasn’t until 1966, after he was slightly remolded –he no longer looks like a giant academy award wearing a hard hat saying "how sweet it is," that he was permanently posed in Tulsa at 21st Street and Pittsburg Avenue.