Clifton's neon light - still on after 77 years. I like neon and I like Clifton's; I can't wait to visit the place after it's restored.
Clifton's is unforgettable: the large interior of the cafeteria - the dining area - was designed in a sort of Northern California redwoods theme. Not just suggesting redwoods, but literally redwoods - that is, the walls were painted to look like you were sitting in a redwood forest, with huge trees and branches all around. Birds chirped, and the light was muted as well. One could even go upstairs to the corner of the area, where a little chapel in the woods was to be found. Inside, when one pressed a button, a small diorama of the redwoods lit up and a taped message about God and His works played. (Can you imagine anything remotely like that being available in a public place these days?) My mother took me and my friend Jimmy Rutherford there for my 11th birthday in 1967.
By the way, I am rather impressed with the MailOnline. It's a British publication that goes far afield; they even ran what I thought was a minor story which took place in Burbank not too long ago. And they seem to run stuff that I just don't see in the big U.S. media outlets.
Seen at the Smithsonian: A cool 19th C. Fireman hat.
"Stories on Money" animation (Lady Liberty), as seen at the Smithsonian American History Museum. I like it when iconic figures like George Washington on a dollar bill, a ship's figurehead (Rikki Lake was a good one) or, say, the Statue of Liberty come to life. It must be due to watching those weird 1930's Ub Iwerks cartoons when I was a kid. (Really... what were those animators smoking? Bizarre stuff!)
I also like the Columbia - another Lady Liberty - on the Columbia Pictures logo:
The current CGI version
Disco Era Lady
You get the idea...
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