Color shot of Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip, when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were playing there live, circa late 1940s.

Color shot of Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip, when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were playing there live, circa late 1940s.

This just makes me smile: the bunny hop!     Source: westernclippings.com says:  "Ray Anthony leads a group as they dance to his big hit of “The Bunny Hop” at Ciro’s. Behind Anthony is actress Mitzi Gaynor and Hugh O’Brian. Man with the mustache is comedian Jerry Colonna. Marie Windsor watches on the left".

This just makes me smile: the bunny hop! Source: westernclippings.com says: "Ray Anthony leads a group as they dance to his big hit of “The Bunny Hop” at Ciro’s. Behind Anthony is actress Mitzi Gaynor and Hugh O’Brian. Man with the mustache is comedian Jerry Colonna. Marie Windsor watches on the left".

The front of the Garden of Allah Hotel, which looked out onto Sunset Boulevard, showing how extensive the flagstone paving was out front.

The front of the Garden of Allah Hotel, which looked out onto Sunset Boulevard, showing how extensive the flagstone paving was out front.

I’m not sure which I’m enjoy more – the discovery of a crisp color photo of the Brown Derby, or the sight of that 1956 Thunderbird parked out front, or the idea of finding a parking spot on Vine Street right out front the Brown Derby. It wasn’t until I found this photo that I saw the Brown Derby had a lot going on: the coffee shop, the liquor shop, the restaurant, and the Record Room. One of these days I’d love to find an interior shot of the coffee shop—I only ever see the famous…

I’m not sure which I’m enjoy more – the discovery of a crisp color photo of the Brown Derby, or the sight of that 1956 Thunderbird parked out front, or the idea of finding a parking spot on Vine Street right out front the Brown Derby. It wasn’t until I found this photo that I saw the Brown Derby had a lot going on: the coffee shop, the liquor shop, the restaurant, and the Record Room. One of these days I’d love to find an interior shot of the coffee shop—I only ever see the famous…

The Sunset Strip west of La Cienega in 1939.(Photographer: Fred William Carter / LAPL 00009355) Bizarre Los Angeles

The Sunset Strip west of La Cienega in 1939.(Photographer: Fred William Carter / LAPL 00009355) Bizarre Los Angeles

Here’s a pocket of LA history I wish I hadn’t missed out on: the corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights at the time when the southeast corner was home to both Schwab’s pharmacy and the Googie’s Coffee Shop whose quirky angles lent its name to a whole architectural style that became a distinctive addition to the Southern California landscape. Does anybody remember eating there? What was the interior décor like? Did they serve anything especially memorable?

Here’s a pocket of LA history I wish I hadn’t missed out on: the corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights at the time when the southeast corner was home to both Schwab’s pharmacy and the Googie’s Coffee Shop whose quirky angles lent its name to a whole architectural style that became a distinctive addition to the Southern California landscape. Does anybody remember eating there? What was the interior décor like? Did they serve anything especially memorable?

The Carousel and Skipper's Hot Dog On a Stick, Santa Monica Pier, probably late '60s

The Carousel and Skipper's Hot Dog On a Stick, Santa Monica Pier, probably late '60s

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