Stepping Back in Time at the Lady and the Dale Car Wash

Back in the mid-1970s America was facing an oil crisis, and one woman, Liz Carmichael, stepped up claiming she had the answer – the Dale, a three-wheeled car that got 70 miles to the gallon. But was it all it was cracked up to be? Some didn’t think so, and eventually Liz found herself in…

Naughty & Nice: Ode to Haddon Sundblom, the Man Behind Pin-Ups & Coca-Cola’s Santa

Santa Claus. How do we describe Santa’s appearance? White beard. Red Suit. A bit on the portly side perhaps? An icon of Christmas, Santa has seen many different interpretations over the years, but today we all pretty much agree on his appearance here in America, and there is an urban legend that the modern appearance…

A Drive Down the 100 Year Old Christmas Tree Lane

Amid this pandemic, there is a strong need for fun, while of course staying safe. And with the Christmas season, I’m even more thankful for festive holiday lights, including Christmas Tree Lane, an LA area tradition that just turned 100, laying claim to the “oldest large scale outdoor Christmas display in the world.” Normally, Christmas…

A Rainbow of Bangles from Match Accessories

Long time readers of the blog are probably familiar with Match Accessories, the home grown jewelry company that pioneered the Disneyland inspired D brooch, and created many more fantastical, vintage, and Disney inspired jewelry items that have appeared on the blog. Recently they launched a glittering bangle collection and I was gifted a set in…

The Legend of Whittles, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Forgotten Icon

As part of being a Knott’s Berry Farm Ambassador, I am tasked with writing posts for the Knott’s Berry Blog. Last week my first blog post for them was published, which was an overall history of the Farm. While you can read the whole post here, today I wanted to take a moment to expand…