California Travel Tips

Flashes From the Past

Published on: December 07, 2013


There’s one thing we can be thankful for…that cameras were around 50 years ago to capture American lifestyle. If these images seem familiar, then you may remember The┬áRed Skelton Show (1951-1971), Art Linkletter’s” kids say the darndest things”, and Italian mouse Topo Gigio made famous on the Ed Sullivan Show. The California King of Retro, Charles Phoenix, has amassed a huge collection of photographic images that he shares at comedy presentations. In December 2013 he’s appearing in Long Beach on Dec 7, San Francisco Dec 13, Brea Dec 15, Palm Springs Dec 20 and Los Angeles on December 22. His colorful books make great Christmas gifts…see

Other artifacts of an era:

  • Hair dryer with connecting bonnet
  • Vintage 50-60s era aluminum Christmas tree (Mid-Century Modern)
  • 45 rpm record insert
  • Sock hop in which students removed their hard-soled shoes at the school dance to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium.
  • Waterproof pants for babies
  • Rotary dial telephone
  • Tincture Merthiolate, an antiseptic for cuts and scrapes
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