CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE
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
CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND AT OHANA WEEKENDER
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
How much do we love it when a dozen Shriners don their fezzes, dress up in uniform yellow shirts and bolo ties and then cram themselves into matching mini 1965 Thunderbirds and parade down the avenue?!
I want to live in a world where this happens a little more often.
These little cars give compact a whole new meaning. Where do the Shriners put their legs? Where did they get those baby birds, anyway? They all kept their fezzes, but what happened to the cars?
Here’s to the Shriners, their toy T-birds and YOU!
July 13, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
I know, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.
We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three.
In 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced their all-new and ballyhooed Edsel not as a new model, but rather as a new marque, an entirely new line of cars.
According to legend, a famous automotive journalist declared, “It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” The public must’ve thought so too because after just three years of production, Ford discontinued the Edsel in 1960.
People often ask me if I have a favorite vintage slide. Right now it’s definitely this one! Make no mistake: it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when one of these mid-century marvels motors by.
Here’s to Edsels and YOU!
May 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
Paisley prints, palm fronds, wicker monkeys and a shirt-waist dressed mannequin having a moment with a banana. And why not? Bananas are good, and good for us! Bananas on an overflowing bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, frozen bananas, banana splits, Banana’s Foster (a flaming dessert created in New Orleans in 1951), and banana pudding - all Americana classics!
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