Waving Hands Make Magic: The Music, Restaurants and Unique Career of Bud Averill

Sometimes I come across a piece of ephemera from my collection that sends me down countless wormholes and side stories that I seem to lose all track of time and place. Such is the case with Bud Averill’s Airport. The restaurant was the second Bud Averill restaurant at the same location. The first establishment, known…

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Lost Restaurants of California – Tugboat Annie’s – Claremont, California

Tugboat Annie’s was located on Route 66 (930 E. Foothill Blvd.) in Claremont, California. A grand opening celebration was held for the ship-shaped seafood restaurant on August 24, 1969. The opening featured a sample of their fish & chips, pins for the kids and barber shop quartets! The restaurant was quite popular throughout the 1970s…

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The Smallest Bar in The World

“End of the Trail”, smallest cocktail lounge in the world; just a stool and a half. At Trees Motel, adjoining the famous Blue Ox Cafe, opposite Trees of Mystery – 4 miles No. of Klamath, Calif., on the beautiful Redwood Highway. The self-professed “Smallest Bar in the World” was located slightly north of Klamath, California…

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Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery – Huntington Beach, California

This is one of the more unusual postcards I’ve seen. I can guarantee you that it’s the lone pet cemetery card in my collection. I am guessing the date from the late 1960s and the cemetery is still there. There is an apartment complex now there that overlooks the grounds. 19542 Beach Blvd. (Highway 39)…

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Greetings From….

Today’s offering is a baker’s dozen of Curt Teich large-letter Greetings From….postcards. Curteich was the largest producer of color and quality linen postcards for more than 5 decades. Teich postcards are easy to date, as there is a code on all codes that tells you when it was published. There is a handy dating guide…

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Akua Motor Hotel – Anaheim, California

1018 E. Orangethorpe Ave. Anaheim, Calif. 92801 Your home away from home, located in Orange Country near Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. One block north of Riverside Freeway, near Santa Ana and Garden Grove Freeways…Large Rooms, Queen size beds, Direct Dial Phones, heated pool, Morning coffee in your room. The Akua Motor Hotel opened in…

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1964 Tournament of Roses Parade

It’s Found Photo Friday….sort of. I know the photographer and when are where these photos were taken. Taken after the Tournament of Roses Parade, when the floats were docked, on January 1, 1964 in Pasadena, California. The photographer was Oscar W. Sjogren.┬áThe parade theme for 1964 was SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM.

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IT DID HAPPEN HERE – The Los Angeles Snow & Hail Storm of 1944

City in Ruins presents: The Los Angeles Snowstorm of 1944.

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