Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Wonderful Photographs Showing Life in Southern California From Between the 1940s and 1960s

 


Charles Phoenix is a dude who has done a great service to mankind. He has traveled to countless thrift stores and estate sales rescuing abandoned family slides from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. These particular photographs are from his book, Southern Californialand: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome.


“There’s a lot of specialness and magic from our culture in the mid-twentieth century era that’s gone unseen,” he told BLEEP Magazine. “It’s not a surprise some things have slipped through the cracks, but it’s my job to find this stuff and put it on a pedestal. It’s a very interesting period of time, nothing is more interesting to me than the mid-twentieth century culture of America. That’s where I thrive.”




 Indio, 1966



Jack in the Box, 1964



Los Angeles, 1956



McDonald's, 1954



Alhambra, 1955



Compton drive-in, 1977



Compton, 1957



Covina Bowl, 1956




Downey, 1964




Orange Grove, 1956




Palm Springs, 1953




Thriftimart, 1962




Vine Hollywood, 1948




 West Covina, 1957




White Front, 1961








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