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February 11, 2018

Amazing Color Photographs Capture Everyday 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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