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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank Back in the Day

Ever wonder what it was like in Burbank 50,80 even 100 years ago?

One way to find out is to look at the many archives of old Burbank newspapers. We have many on Burbankia, the library has the Daily Review archives, there are a lot of Burbank papers on Ancestry.com if you know how to look for them.

It is truly wonderful what you can learn from the articles and advertising in the old papers and even things you might not want to know.

For instance you can find out the “Sarsaparilla” will fix your liver, cure acne, stop your headache and rheumatism. This was from the Burbank Times November 16, 1889.

In 1925 you did not need seat belts to stay in your car seat you needed “SNUBBERS”  belt type shock absorbers in 1925. You got your Snubbers at J.C. Null on Orange Grove.

In the mood for entertainment? You just needed the Daily Review! Tonight or Tomorrow, no need for pesky show times just go tonight!

Ever wonder where Gotham City got the idea for the Bat Signal? The Daily Review has your answer… The Burbank Police had the idea in the 1920’s!

All this is just a minor example of what can be learned about Burbanks Past

From its True old Stories. You can get a sampling here with this link to Burbankia

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Or you can also get a copy of our latest book “TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK” by Wes Clark and Mike Mc Daniel due out on the 15th of October or join us on Saturday October 13th for the start of The “TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK” WORLD TOUR! Look for these events near you Wes and I will have advance copies for sale be one of the first to get your copy! We also will have an all new slide presentation at the Historical Society and The Buena Vista Library. We look forward to seeing you there!!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Saturday 13 October, 9 to 1 PM: Autobooks Aerobooks, 2900 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank (book signing only).

Saturday 13 October, 2 to 5 PM: Burbank Historical Society, 115 N Lomita St., Burbank (slideshow, book signing).

Monday, 15 October, 6:30 to 8 PM: Bell Cottage, 3322 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA (book signing only)

Tuesday, 16 October, 7 to 9 PM: Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA (slideshow, book signing).

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: A Wolfe In Burbank Clothing

Chances are that if you are familiar with vintage photographs of Burbank you have seen this Wolfe’s work yourself.

Paul E. Wolfe got his professional start in the late 30’s as a photographer for Lockheed Corporation. He soon branched out and became the official photographer of the City of Burbank, as well as St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Official baby photographer and also had his own studio in town.

Today I would like to focus on an aspect of Mr. Wolfe’s fine work, namely his Burbank postcard series. No one knows for sure how many different post cards he created but we do know his numbers on the cards have reached the high 400’s. Having said that, most of his work between one and the higher numbers is lost to time.

New cards turn up at ephemera shows every now and then but the bulk and total numbers of cards made Eludes us. Whenever we find a new number we don’t have we add it to Burbankia.

Mr Wolfe had an extensive library of old Burbank photos to be sure but as he retired and left the area his collection of prints and negatives were lost or thrown out. All that remains are the many photo prints we have and the ones located in the City Hall archive and at the Historical Society.

We know there are many more to be found and hope you readers of Burbank history will look for his name on photos and postcards check the front and back for his name as he marked almost all his work.

Enjoy some of these I picked for this article.

I would like to thank Mike Carson of the City of Burbank GIS department, who after reading last week’s flashback Friday about old golf courses in town shared with me an aerial photo showing one of the miniature golf courses I mentioned on Magnolia from a 1950 aerial photo and that led to a wealth of finds in the other aerial photo maps we have added many new photos to Burbankia with Mike’s help!

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Golf Anyone?

The shack in the parking area is the office for the course

On the corner of Victory and Ontario stands the City’s Northwest Park. On this pleasant site is located the Burbank Fire Training center, Northwest Library, Roller Hockey Rink and a full size baseball diamond.

However originally this was a Par 3 golf course back in the 50’s & 60’s. It was owned by the Arnold family and Mr Arnold was the principal of Miller Elementary school.

I was a student at Miller in 1967 when I did something good and Mr Arnold said I and my Father could come and play a round on him. I forgot what I did to get this privilege but I do remember that day real well. My father and I had a great time as we always played miniature golf at the 2 places on Magnolia, but never played on a large grass course like this one!

To me it seemed like the place was huge but as you can see from the photos that it was not all that big like De Bell golf course is.

Over the years we continued to play there until the City of Burbank decided they could put the land to better use. But I will always have fond memories of that golf course.

The photos attached are the only ones we know of that course. If you have any please share them. Also mentioned are the two Miniature Golf courses that were on Magnolia there are no pictures of those at all. Once again if you have some photos share them so we can have a flashback look at them!

The course can be seen at the bottom in this view

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank’s First Big Boy

Last week we remembered one of Burbanks Famous eatery’s The Dip.

Today lets talk about Bob’s Big Boy. Most of us are familiar with the last Big Boy restaurant in town, the one in the Toluca Lake part of Burbank where they hold the fantastic Friday night car show.

Original Menu showing the 3 Big Boy Locations

But do you know where the first Big Boy was built outside of Glendale? Big Boy # 3 was built on San Fernando Road between Cedar and Providencia.

It quickly became the place to go for burgers in Burbank and was there until the late 80’s being remodeled several times. This is the first Bob’s I was introduced to in my youth and was my favorite location till they closed.

Many a get together was held here after a church event or a High School dance. Always fun with good food and friends. You can still have that same feeling at the Toluca Lake Bob’s but none will ever replace that first Burbank Bob’s in my mind. 

See the photos below for a look at this iconic Burbank eatery of the past!

Exterior night photo of the San Fernando Road Big Boy

Great Interior Photo of Big Boy on San Fernando Road. Note the High School band members, adults enjoying the food and atmosphere, and the place is packed! Also love the Hires Root Beer on tap!

This is the same location as above after being remodeled. It remained this way until it closed for good

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: A Salute To Miller Elementary

Early this week I received an e-mail from the head of the Facebook page for alumni of Miller school saying she had added me as a member of the group. I have known the Lady for many years and was glad to be added.

I have a very fond spot in my heart for the school as I went there from pre-school through 6th grade and had many wonderful teachers and even got to play golf with my Dad by invitation from the school Principal, Mr. Arnold, who’s family owned the 9 hole course that is now Northwest Park.

I read a lot of the other memories and looked at the wonderful pictures people posted and felt a certain sort of pride in all our shared experiences. I made some comments and just enjoyed the walk down memory lane.

I then started to post some photos of the school that I have collected as part of my Burbank Historical journey over the years.

I posted a Miller Messages newsletter that kids took home for their parents usually pinned to your shirt so as not to lose it on the way home before Mom could see it. This was part of a collection given to me by Helen Von Seggern, a former Burbank School teacher who is 104 years old and a great lady! There are tons more things she had kept over the years that I will share.

One thing I am really fond of are my two large school pictures of the first students at Miller from 1924 you will see it below. As I have mentioned before I like to imagine what the rest of these children’s lives were like and wish someone had written down their names so I could possibly research them on Ancestry.com.

In this photo you will see all of the student body sitting in the middle of Providencia from curb to curb. One boy has a black hat that looks about 3 sizes too big for him sitting on the street in front of him. Another has what looks like an early version of a football. The girls with the flags look very proud except the girl on the far right who looks like she wants to be as far from those boys as she can!

Two of the houses in this photo are still there the ones about halfway between the center flag girl and the Left flag girl. Note also the school has no grass and no playgrounds yet. I doubt that this bothered these children one bit!

I would like to thank Cathy Palmer for signing me on to this trip down memory lane and I also wish to  remember my favorite teacher, Mrs Root, whom I owe a lot to. Thank You!

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: “The Dip” – Burbank’s Famed Eatery of the Past

Once upon a time in Burbank there was an intersection known as “5 Points” or “5 Corners”. The intersection got its name from the fact that Victory Blvd, Burbank Blvd, Victory Place and West Victory all came together at this one point at the bottom of the Burbank Blvd Bridge.

The Icon of this intersection was a storied eatery called “The Dip”. Ask any vintage Burbanker and they will most likely have a story or two about The Dip. When we give one of our historical presentations all we have to do to get a rise out of the audience is put a picture of the Dip on the screen and there is an instant “OOOO and Ah! across the entire group, so strong are people’s memories of this place.

The location would be the corner of Burbank Blvd and Victory Place near the Costco gas station. The food here was great according to everyone who has ever eaten there! The owner there was also the cook and his sister waited the tables and well-liked by everyone.

My best friend and co-author Wes Clark would walk by here on his way home from Burbank High and get a shake for the trip everyday after school. He became friends with the owner/cook Paul Rosen and his sister Gail Ptack. The Dip was that rare combination of great service and great food!

So if you want to have a wonderful conversation with any long time Burbanker’s just bring up the dip!

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank’s Gemini Space Capsule of Love

Once upon a time (1969) in Verdugo Park play area, could be seen and played on, a genuine Gemini Test Space Capsule. It was donated to the City of Burbank Parks & Recreation Dept. by Weber Aircraft Corporation of Burbank, once a landmark corporation of Burbank.

The capsule was originally used to test Gemini capsule ejector seats on a rocket sled test track at China Lake California U.S. Naval Test Station.

This photograph dates from 1969, after the capsule had been placed in Verdugo Park, its new home. Pictured from left to right are C.E. Heimstadt, the Vice-President of Weber Aircraft, John Whitney, the Mayor of Burbank and George Izay, the Burbank Parks and Recreation Director. A commendable sense of civic pride is apparent, and the children appear to be content, scrambling over the attraction.

When the Gemini program was superceded by the Apollo program, the capsule was donated to Burbank. The photo shows the mock-up – proudly bearing the Weber Aircraft logo and “Burbank, California” – sitting attached to a rocket sled.

The capsule was fired down a track at hundreds of miles an hour, and then the ejection seats (with seated dummies) would be blasted clear. Once, it malfunctioned and the rockets powering the sled broke loose and shot through the back of the capsule, which had to be rebuilt before testing could continue.

The following text is from the Project Test Engineer for Weber Aircraft Corp Gordon Cress… “I worked on the Gemini System from the onset in late 1961 to its completion in 1964. I was the project test engineer for Weber and supervised/conducted all the off-the-pad, sled and in-flight ejection tests during that period.

This photo is from 1964 and shows the test crew, with the capsule painted and with proper doors installed. You can see the rocket array in back. L-R, Robbie Robinson, Gene Burkey, Gordon Cress, Carl Mogren, Glen King, Bob Redding, Sol Sirota, Mal Hale, Lloyd Thompson and Don McCauley (MAC)

My sled test crew shown in the photo are L-R, Robbie Robinson, Gene Burkey, Gordon Cress, Carl Mogren, Glen King, Bob Redding, Sol Sirota, Mal Hale, Lloyd Thompson and Don McCauley (MAC).”

He continues with a story about the 2nd picture above… “The photo with the Weber World on the side of the boilerplate spacecraft (by the way, the units shown in the photos are called boilerplate vehicles and not mockups).

BP vehicle #3 had the white boilerplate fixed hatches and the BP vehicle #3A had the operational Gemini hatches for the later tests. Anyway, we had an artist come up to China Lake and he spent one whole day painting the Weber World on the side of the BP spacecraft.

The next morning when the McDonnell and NASA guys got there they just had a fit and demanded that we paint over the Weber logo. So the artist’s work never made it to a test and this is probably one of the few pictures with the logo that exist.”

Sadly, the capsule is no longer there, having been removed in the early Nineties. As America and Burbank moved from the socio-industrial Cold War mode to peacetime, citizens found other uses for the attraction.

A lady who works in the city’s Parks and Recreation department stated that it was taken away “…because they had no idea of how many kids were conceived in it!”

I would like to acknowledge the contributions to this article (Photos & Text) by Wes Clark, Gordon Cress & Matt Sparks.

NOTE : The Gemini escape system provided a means for safe escape of the astronauts through use of the ejection seats while the vehicle is still on the launch pad, during boost and after spacecraft reentry. Actual usage is determined by the altitude, the type of emergency, the system condition, the mission phase, and the astronaut evaluation of the problem. The Gemini Escape System was qualified for use up to a maximum altitude of 70,000 feet.  Above that altitude the astronauts would stay with the spacecraft  and/or use its main parachute system for recovery.  Subcontractor for the ejection system is Weber Aircraft.

SAVE THE DATE’S!

TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK

From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Amelia Earhart In Burbank – New Film Discovered

Amelia Looking over plans for her Electra at Lockheed

While it is true that Amelia Earhart was not a Burbanker she spent a lot of time here at Lockheed and the Burbank Airport, then called “United Airport”.

As we all know she disappeared on a round the world flight on July 2, 1937 and people have been searching for her ever since. There have been many theories in recent years especially one that she crash landed on an Island (reef) named Gardner and now named Nikumaroro in the pacific and died there along with her navigator Fred Noonan.

The British news known as “Daily Mail” has an exclusive story about how “The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery” has analyzed the over 120 reports of radio contact with Amelia after the plane crash. They have determined that 57 of the Reported Radio transmissions are credible.

In this article about ¾ of the way down is a video of a man who has uncovered an original 3 min nitrate film of Amelia here in Burbank at the airport to pick up her modified Lockheed Electra just before her round the world trip began.

Amelia inside the Electra with the Large extra fuel tanks for her round the world trip

Many still photos of this Burbank event have been seen over the years in books, TV specials, magazines, and artworks of the famed Aviatrix. The photos were taken by Amelia’s personal photographer Albert Breznic but, the film footage was taken by his brother John Breznic and was in his personal effects.

After his death John’s son found it and has made it public. It clearly shows Amelia posing for the photos with her plane and the Verdugo Mountains can clearly be seen in the background. This is a great find for Earhart fans and also an important Burbank relic also.

Amelia’s ill-fated trip began here, her planes were made here and she had a permanent hangar at the airport. What a wonderful piece of history this is, that covers Aviation, Earhart and Burbank fans all in one short film.

Click on the link below to see the article in the Daily Mail and scroll Down the page to the video or it opens automatically in the lower right Hand corner. It explains how it was found as it plays, Enjoy this great Burbank Historical Film find.

Link to Daily Mail

Ps. The Daily Mail has a lot of tabloid type distractions on the side.

Kelly Johnson & Amelia. Johnson designed all modifications for the Electra to make her round the world trip

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: “St. Joes” A Burbank Icon

Chances are if you were born in Burbank your birth certificate came from Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

It is impossible to calculate how many children have been born here. I have talked to people all over the world who claim Burbank as their home town and “St Joes” (as it is lovingly called) where they were born.

Few can remember a time when there was no major hospital in town, but originally there was only Burbank Community Hospital on 5th street and Olive which started out as the house where the town doctor lived converted into a small local hospital.

Even Saint Josephs was originally a small hospital on a large parcel of land that allowed for expansion and boy did it expand!

I knew one of the maintenance supervisors a number of years back and he took me on a tour in one of the carts they use to travel through the tunnels underground that connect all the buildings together for ease of access by staff.

St Joseph’s Hospital got a great head start to becoming the large medical facility it is today from one of its most successful neighbors, Walt Disney.

The Church hierarchy elected to invite Walt to take out the first shovel at the groundbreaking assuring that the publicity would be noticed by all the local media outlets. All the publicity did not hurt and even non Burbanker’s made it their first stop for medical care urgent or otherwise.

Now it is the go to place for superior local Medical care.

Today Walt Disney Studios stands on one corner of Buena Vista & Alameda and St. Joseph’s on the other corner both great Burbank Icons that both benefit the local area.

One could even say that if you are born at “St Joes” you too are a “Buena Vista Production”

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank Badminton

Today we take a look at the somewhat forgotten game and pastime of Badminton.

While it is now an Olympic sport it is not the sport you first think of in Olympic competition.

But once upon a time in Burbank it was a big time team and individual sport. Burbank even built outdoor badminton courts at the corner of Bel Aire and Cedar Ave, maintained by park and Rec.

I have found it interesting that while this game was real important back in the day, yet there are no pictures of the Bel Aire Dr. courts. The City had teams for each age group, special uniforms of white shirts and shorts and even embroidered Jackets with the Burbank Badminton logo.

Alas not much is written about this Badminton league that swept over the city every year for about 10 to 15 years. There are a few photos and people remember it, I have yet to find more than the pictures here and most are of rather poor quality.

From these pictures we know that there were junior leagues consisting of a young boys division and a young girls division. Also there were young adult divisions and adult divisions as well. Given it’s popularity we have to wonder why the badminton leagues just disappeared along with the courts on Bel Aire that are now houses.

So the next time you are watching the Olympics and they are showing the results of the medals for Badminton and you change the channel to watch the City Council meeting remember that this sport was all the rage here in town in the 50’s and early 1960’s and wonder as I do…what happened to it?

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