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CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts space age suburbia, car culture, road trips, theme parks, googie architecture, vintage fashion, home decor and more … With his unbridled enthusiasm, gregarious wit and keen eye…Read More


 

 

JUNE 20, 2020
SOLD OUT
LAKE GEORGE, NY

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND AT OHANA WEEKENDER
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Tiki Resort
2 Canada St,
Lake George, NY 12845


Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is slightly double exposed on the House of the Future. Its medieval meets mid-century! Medievalism and modernism have never been so close. For a mere, but marvelous ten years, between 1957 and 1967, Disneyland’s legendary all-plastic House of the Future was just outside of Tomorrowland, perched on a pedestal, steps from the castle. They both represent fairy tales – one speaks of the future and the other of the past.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The iconic Space Needle is the most famous landmark from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Understandably so, since it was the expo’s centerpiece and crowning touch! To this day, thank goodness, it remains the super star of the Seattle skyline! But, it’s not the fair’s only mid-century modern leftover.

The beloved Bubbleator also survived. During the brief, but meaningful, run of the fair, then all the way until 1984, the world’s only bubble shaped elevator transported peeps for a short, memorable ride up and down one floor.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

As if the turquoise upholstery, multi-colored, giant bubble carpet and grass shaky ceiling isn’t enough to count the Sip ‘n Dip as an honest to goodness great American kitsch classic, it is one of two remaining vintage bars in the country, with a window into a motel swimming pool.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Hypnotic Holiday Inn

Behold the glory of the iconic Holiday Inn sign. So gigantic it simply miniaturizes the trio of tourists posing beside it. The optimistic "hand-written" font blazing the name across the sky is nearly hypnotic. The colors are clownish and cartoonish...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

White Front department store

White Front started in Watts in 1955. Mr. Blackman was the owner. He drove a white Cadillac. The name refers to the white fronts of refrigerators he sold. He didn’t offer the decorator colors of the day as other dealers did...

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