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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank Victory

One of the big tasks of the United States Military in World War Two was moving supplies from America to the far flung areas of the world. The answer was to have the US Merchant Marines sail large lightly armed cargo ships called “Victory Ships”.

These vessels were mass produced and took cargos of Jeeps, Tanks, rations, weapons, ammunition & what-ever the fighting man needed.

One practice in naming the ships was to name them after certain cities in the US. One such ship was named SS City of Burbank Victory or just Burbank Victory.

The ships number and designation was #721 Burbank Victory, VC2-S-AP2. She was built by the Permente Metals Corp of Richmond California and was launched on July 28, 1945.

Being late in WWII She saw action mostly in the Korean War serving our troops with supplies of all sorts.

Since all the Victory Ships were of the same design you can see and board an actual Victory Ship in San Pedro that is a floating museum. It is the USS Lane Victory.

Always remember that Burbank being the great place it is and that we had a  Merchant Marine ship that served our troops with distinction named after our city!

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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 Little Theatre

Behind the main building of The Olive Recreation Center stands a small building that once had some of the best local theatre performances in the area.

Little Theatre Under Construction

This was the hot spot of local live theatre. Built just after World War Two the theater became a great place for local productions on weekend evenings and Saturday matinee performances.

Many actors got a start there, or performed there to the delight of the audiences to see such Hollywood talent up close. Many local programs were also done there, bands, dance competitions comedies and the like!

Pictured below is one such play were actress Jean Howard, Ron Howard’s Mother and Gordon Jump who would go on to act in the TV Series WKRP in Cincinnati and became the “Maytag Repairman” in those famous old commercials.

Gordon Jump as the lonely Maytag Repairman

So the Burbank Little Theatre was the place to be in town to see quality entertainment and enjoy and evening out at the theater.

While the theatre is physically still there, they no longer use it as an entertainment facility sad to say.

Maybe one day Park and Recreation will see fit to re-open this little gem of Burbank’s past.

Photograph caption dated November 19, 1964 reads, “Gordon Jump holds cognac bottle of water and patiently explains to Jean Howard how lucky she is to have purchased such an extraordinarily fine bottle of brandy. Jump, the comic virtuoso in the play ‘My Three Angels,’ currently at the Burbank Little Theater, 1111 W. Olive Ave., is backed up by fellow convicts Carl Grey, behind bottle, and Number 6817, James Raye, in this comic scene.”

Photograph caption dated December 15, 1964 reads, “Three convicts, left to right, James Raye, Carl Gray and Gordon Jump, try to persuade Chad Collins, seated, to meet his girl in a romantic tropical garden on Christmas Eve. “My 3 Angels” will play two final performances Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Burbank Little Theater, 1111 W. Olive Ave.”

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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: Will The Real “Burbank” Please Stand Up!

Once, a year or so ago I was watching a History Channel presentation on cities in the U. S. and to my surprise they spoke of BURBANK!

At the end of the segment however they stated that the city was named after Luther Burbank the famous botanist!

WHAT!!!

I was totally flabbergasted that a channel with History in its name made such a huge research blunder. Given that a quick internet search turns up so many links about our town, it seems to me that they never attempted to fact check such an import piece of history.

So I was thinking that we needed to clear this up once and for all on this Flashback Friday. The City of Burbank California (there are a number of other cities with the same name, ie. Burbank, Ohio) was named after a man named Dr. David Burbank.

Dr. Burbank was a dentist and came to California and settled for a time in San Francisco and opened up a dental practice on Montgomery Street. There is even a picture of the building with his sign in 1855.

He then decided to do a little prospecting and ended up(1866) with a large ranch where Warner Brothers back lot is today. He owned most of the property that would become the major part of Burbank today (9,200 acres).

On this ranch he raised sheep and alfalfa. For reasons unknown he gave up farming his property and rented the land to other local farmers. In 1886 Dr Burbank sold his land to the Providencia Land, Water and Development Co.

One year later on May 1,1887 the city of Burbank was formed. It would not be until 1911 that the City incorporated.

Dr. Burbank took his money from the sale of his property to downtown Los Angeles and built a beautiful theater that promised first rate stage productions. Alas Dr. Burbank died on January 21, 1895.

His legacy was to have given his name to our town and that it has blossomed into a wonderful community with a long a storied history which we continue to discuss here on myBurbank.com and the Website Burbankia and many books that are written about this place we call home.

Below are the many faces of Dr. Burbank. Left to right, His official city Portrait, His Prospecting days, His Wedding portrait, On an Expedition with family and friends.

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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!!

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: History Of Burbank’s City Seals

Burbank has been an incorporated City for 106 years and has had a number of different City Seals. Most seals reflect the times and growth the city was going through at the time.

 

Our First Seal was the Cantaloupe! Yes the Cantaloupe! When the city was organized in July of 1911 the economy was totally based on agriculture and melons were one of Burbank’s big crops. So the City Board (council) found it quite fitting to represent the city with a cantaloupe!

 

Second was an adaptation of the first seal. It featured the same border with a graphic in the center reflecting the progress the City had made. The large farms had given way to streets and industry represented by an airplane indicating the advent of Lockheed as on of the new Industries in town. The Sun rising over the Mountains reflects a bright future.

 

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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 Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: A Taste of Burbank

From the early 1920’s to the late 40’s early 50’s you could walk down the canned goods isle in your favorite super market and find all sorts of fine canned food items from Burbank’s McKeon and Libby canning companies.

McKeonBoth were located near the Railroad tracks for ease of shipping their products to the rest of the U.S. and also local retail stores.

Much of the Produce grown locally was sold to the canning companies for processing and canning. A Win-Win for local farmers and the companies packing the goods in cans.

Burbank Brick Oven Baked Beans were “Just like Grandmother Used To Make!” said the young girl on the back of the label. It was also recommended to be eaten with their canned Brown Bread! Yum!

image00220Libby Canning had their plant on the railroad tracks on Verdugo road and McKeon was near the tracks at Alameda Ave. Both produced products that were good and desired by shoppers across the country.

So next time you see the old Ad that says “If it says Libby’s Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, it came from BURBANK, BURBANK, BURBANK to your table, table, table.”

FYI. Old Burbank can labels make great framed art for your kitchen!

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The authors will be doing a Multi Media presentation and book signing at the Buena Vista Library on November 30th at 7 pm. They will have a signing event at the AUTOBOOKS store on Magnolia Saturday December 3 From 10 am to 2 pm.

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Arthur’s

Arthurs

Ever Watch Happy Days ?

if you did you will remember today’s Flash Back.

Arthurs was a round Drive-in from 50’s in Style. It was used in many shots of the outside of Arnolds where the main characters hung out all the time where the Fonz smacked the Juke Box to get it to play for free.

The real life eatery was on the corner of Alameda and Victory but is gone today and lives on in re-runs of Happy Days.

Arthur's