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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:56 PM

You Can't Go Back (California Dreaming) a Box of Photos


Sent to me by a friend. Enjoy.

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/g_cliser/sets/72157625895927403/

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Reply You Can't Go Back (California Dreaming) a Box of Photos (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 2013 OP
Capt.Rocky300 Feb 2013 #1
OxQQme Feb 2013 #21
shanti Feb 2013 #25
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #30
Capt.Rocky300 Feb 2013 #31
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #32
tinymontgomery Feb 2013 #2
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #3
Sedona Feb 2013 #4
Buns_of_Fire Feb 2013 #5
NJCher Feb 2013 #6
NV Whino Feb 2013 #7
BlueCaliDem Feb 2013 #57
BlueJazz Feb 2013 #8
left on green only Feb 2013 #9
Iggo Feb 2013 #10
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #11
retrogal Feb 2013 #12
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #13
NBachers Feb 2013 #14
Contrary1 Feb 2013 #15
DakotaLady Feb 2013 #16
Tikki Feb 2013 #17
Aristus Feb 2013 #18
diane in sf Feb 2013 #19
Wilms Feb 2013 #20
petronius Feb 2013 #22
lunatica Feb 2013 #23
shanti Feb 2013 #24
Logical Feb 2013 #26
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #29
tjwash Feb 2013 #27
redwitch Feb 2013 #28
2naSalit Feb 2013 #33
senseandsensibility Feb 2013 #34
BuddhaGirl Feb 2013 #35
LWolf Feb 2013 #36
gateley Feb 2013 #37
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #38
indepat Feb 2013 #39
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #40
shanti Feb 2013 #44
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #45
ucralum Feb 2013 #41
Bucky Feb 2013 #42
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #43
CTyankee Feb 2013 #46
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #47
CTyankee Feb 2013 #48
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #49
MineralMan Feb 2013 #50
Iwillnevergiveup Feb 2013 #51
villager Feb 2013 #52
WillyT Feb 2013 #53
CrazyOrangeCat Feb 2013 #54
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #55
ThoughtCriminal Feb 2013 #56

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:10 PM

1. Holy Crap Batman...........

It's de ja vu all over again for this 63 year old SoCal boy. Earlier this evening I was lamenting via email to my best friend from high school the disappearance of the Bob's Big Boy we used to frequent back in the 60's. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Steve.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:09 AM

21. Me too Capt.

Born 1940 in LA General.
Burbank High School class of '58.
Toluca Lake Bob's Big Boy was fave hangout.
Drag racing on finished but not opened freeway segments, and the river beds.
Cruising Hollywood weekend nights.
Whew.
Flash back city.
9 yrs old walking to school in that snow storm.
Choking on the first smog bank rolling into the valley.

I also thank you for the memories Steve.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:59 AM

25. bob's big boy

yes, everyone used to go there. it was the "after game" hangout for me and my friends in the early 70's. remember the chili spaghetti?

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Response to shanti (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:45 PM

30. For some of us Valley Boys the after-game hangout was Mike's Pizza on Van Nuys Bl. at Roscoe

Van Nuys Bl. also was the cruising strip, so that was very convenient.

We also did Bob's, but McDonald's was capturing our cohort with restaurants popping up everywhere (the old red-and-white tiled ones with the huge arches).

I think it was in the early '60s that a SoCal Bob's (I think it was in Glendale or thereabouts) was busted for serving horsemeat.

Today, North of L.A. on the 14 Freeway, you can see an old Big Boy statue visible from the freeway in a junkyard...though I think we still have some Big Boy restaurants around in SoCal to this day.

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Response to shanti (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:46 PM

31. The Chili Size............my favorite, followed by a hot fudge sundae.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:50 PM

32. YESTERDAY!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:13 PM

2. Very cool

Thanks. Love old pictures. Just got a stack of old family pictures from the 50's and 60's, and "m scanning and then sending to family. Their loving it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:14 PM

3. Very Cool! nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:30 PM

4. Fantastic Steve, thank you.

from a frustrated Angelino

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:57 PM

5. Thank you. Loved 'em. (And I've never even BEEN to Los Angeles!)

Back in the days when supermarket openings were a big enough deal to have searchlights announcing it, there were streetcar tracks everywhere, there was still drag racing in the L.A. River, and Cucamonga was... well, I guess it was still Cucamonga.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:58 PM

6. does that bring back memories!

I so enjoyed that. I remember going to the Thrifty Drug in Pomona with my great aunt, who lived in Pomona.

It's just amazing how these pictures bring back memories, feelings, smells...


Cher

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:05 PM

7. Boy, that brings back memories.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:59 PM

57. The Covina Bowling center is still there, nearly unchanged!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:24 PM

8. Wonderful!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:27 PM

9. Thanks for posting this Ohaha Steve

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:34 AM

10. Yeah, you can.

Thanks.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:56 AM

11. It's so clean!!!!

ETA: The 1950's were very clean, not a scrap of litter anywhere, but as I scroll down the page into the 60's, it is developing a modern patina.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:04 AM

12. Thanks for sharing!

I have bookmarked the pics to show my mother. We moved to Garden Grove in 1960 but had family in other parts of the area that we visited. A lot of memories.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:33 AM

13. Stanley....set the Wayback Machine to 1950!....



The images from the 1950s and early 1960s with the palm trees reminded me a lot of St. Pete, FL, at that time. My family lived in that city for 8 years from 1956-1963. Great memories for a kid of an endless summer.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:39 AM

14. Wow- what a story. This is great - Thanks, Steve!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:52 AM

15. You can always go back..you just did.

And I go back whenever I want.

We just can't stay.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:54 AM

16. A Box of Photos Indeed ...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

A thank you to your friend as well.

I have sent it on to a few of my high school chums who will be over the moon with this trip down memory lane.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:06 AM

17. Been here since the mid-60's...No place I'd rather be....THANK YOU..

Favs were the pixs of drag racing in the LA River bottom. We still have an end table we bought at a White Front.




Tikki

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:11 AM

18. Fantastic pics. Thanks!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:22 AM

19. Thanks! Pretty awesome collection!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:49 AM

20. :thumbsup:

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:33 AM

22. Fantastic photos, thank you for posting! (nt)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:39 AM

23. Except for the cars that looks exactly the same today in a lot of places

The suburbs in south Oakland and the towns further south look like that now. I always thought it looked like the 50s. I lived in a neighborhood that looks just like that first photo when I was married. It was and still is the American dream house.

Fortunately I liberated myself 20 years ago.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:57 AM

24. amazing photos!

i'm a 3rd gen native californian, and found these photos very interesting, especially the ones from orange county. my hometown is santa ana. loved the pics of the old, closed stores/restaurants: white front, market basket, alpha beta, bob's big boy.

thanks for sharing!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:14 PM

26. Wonderful! Thanks for posting. That house on bunker hill is amazing. Assume it is gone. n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:41 PM

29. It might be on this website....

On Bunker Hill

Scroll down...the house may be in the color photos, but I didn't take the time to check it out.

Another set of great pictures!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:14 PM

27. LOL...La Hermosa Beach. Made (in)famous in the Big Lebowski



STAY OUT OF MALIBU LEBOWSKI!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:30 PM

28. I did enjoy.

Fascinating look at time gone by. I wish I had a time machine!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:11 PM

33. Wow

That's amazing, thank you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:41 PM

34. Great pictures

Thanks.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:07 PM

35. This SoCal native enjoyed these very much!

I was born in L.A. in 1962 so a lot of them were before my time, but it was so cool to see how downtown L.A. and O.C. looked way back then.

I'm forwarding this to my mom and dad, both of them grew up in L.A....my mom worked in downtown from the early fifties until I was born and she in particular will enjoy the downtown shots!

Thanks for sharing!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:17 PM

36. Hey, in some of those photos

you can actually see the mountains!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:12 PM

37. I was enchanted and enthralled -- and I'm not from LA! Thanks!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:19 PM

38. White Front! Alpha Beta! Market Basket! Thrifty! Helms trucks!

My heart aches

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:14 PM

39. Priceless collection of photos that brings back so much nostalgia. Thanks for

sharing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:23 PM

40. I still can hear the whistle of the Helms Bakery truck driver...

Calling me, calling me....

And when Helms partnered with the L.A. Times in sponsoring a journalism scholarship contest, I won a $100 scholarship in sportswriting--for the first sports story I ever wrote, lol.

Good times, and great pics to document them.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #40)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:27 PM

44. ah yes, the helms man!

we used to love the chocolate covered donuts during summer vacation.

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Response to shanti (Reply #44)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:36 PM

45. Wouldn't it be great to have the Helms man coming around today?

I may not be a kid any more, but I never lost my appreciation for fresh doughnuts!

Wish I could hear that whistle blow right now...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:42 PM

41. Wow...

I find myself surprisingly moved by these. I was born in Lynwood in 1960 and have lived in LA, Orange, or Riverside County my whole life. I need to forward the link to my dad (born in Arkansas, moved here during the war at age 6 so my grandpa could work in a defense plant.)

Thank you so much!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:52 PM

42. Back when California looked new.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:02 PM

43. And when my new housing tract in the Valley was surrounded by orange groves

Try finding an orange grove there now.

When I returned on a visit in 1986 they were bulldozing the ranch at the end of our street. The Falk Ranch--once owned by Betty Grable and Harry James--had trained quarterhorses for racing.

The beautiful eucalyptus trees around the perimeter, the white fences around the paddocks--all were disappeared for a tacky housing development.

Now there's a new "new" as the old gives way to new development in an unending process...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:45 PM

46. Wonderful! This CT Yankee loves Los Angeles!

One of our greatest cities...thanks so much. I loved every one of these photos!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #46)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:51 PM

47. You'e just saying that so some of us will continue to endure the torture of your Challenges

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #47)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:59 PM

48. Of course! It has nothing to do with my grandson, daughter and son in law living there!

Plus the fact that I love the city, as a place of creativity and art.

There are wonderful and loving people in that city and its greater area....

that includes YOU, Pinboy!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #48)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:06 PM

49. You know I love you, CTyankee...despite your tortures :)

And yes, I happen to be located in the GREATER area.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:23 PM

50. Was there. Remember it all.

CA1945-2004.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:24 PM

51. SO MANY fantastic photos!

The pix of the 110 construction were amazing to me. It looks the same and is much more of a parkway than a freeway, especially with its' "suicide ramps." Always have to warn visitors coming from north or west, my exit is a hairpin turn - TAKE IT SLOW!

Thanks, Omaha Steve, just a wonderful collection.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:39 PM

52. Amazing. The freeways used to move!

Sitting in a coffee shop on Hollywood Blvd., after running a somewhat iconic L.A. errand. Good context for these.

Though the overall effect is to make me want to write noir.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:41 PM

53. K & R !!! - Thank You For That !!!






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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:46 PM

54. Those beautiful cars . . .

I recognize almost all of them. Thanks for posting!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:09 PM

55. Awesome

That is why people wanted to move to California.

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