The very large Loara High School Saxon Band (from Anaheim) marches in the 1967 All-Western Band Review on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. Notice the barracades on the street. I always thought the street was under construction when my high school band marched in this review 5-8 years later! (This was the only picture I could find on the internet which showed what I wanted you to see on this site. It could have been any band!) The school opened in 1964 and the band was immediately in operation. Another thing to take a look at is the headgear we wore. I wore a busby/shako (take your pick, they're both correct terms) just like these with a very unforgiving sousaphone bell! (But for you sissies in places where tuba players either go hatless or wear berets, I wore that fuzzy shako proudly! I figure we tuba players are weird enough, why force us to dress differently? These tubists in the Loara band wore the same headgear as everyone else!)
The All-Western Band Review For
those of you who do not
live in California, we have a form of high school band competition that
other states dropped over thirty years ago. It is the band
a parade of nothing but bands. Bands play a standard military
in a standard military formation. There is a simple dignified
to the whole thing. And besides, the kids in the band get to
in a parade where they don't have to worry about the horses in front of
them! (Click on
link for a schedule of band reviews in Southern California!)
The biggest of the band reviews was the All-Western Band Review on
Boulevard in Long Beach. When it began in the late 1930s (I'm not
sure which years were skipped during World War Two), not only high
bands were judged but there were professional civilian, military, and
divisions. (In one year the Aggie Band from the University
of California at Davis beat both U.S.C.
Since World War Two only high school bands competed. It was a big
thing for bands from all over the state to compete against each
As my memory recalls the All-Western from my time in high school the
Tranquillity, Wasco, Patrick Henry (San
Diego), Selma, Watsonville, Armijo (Fairfield), La Puente,
Glendora, Helix (La Mesa), Cupertino, Villa Park, Sunnyvale, Mount
(Spring Valley), Woodlake, Thousand Oaks, Tracy, Loara (Anaheim),
(Fresno), Castle Park (Chula Vista), Dublin, John North (Riverside),
Bakersfield, Arcadia, Reedley, Garden Grove, John Swett (Crockett),
Katella (Anaheim), Porterville, Vista, Fairfield, Anaheim, Merced,
Atwater, Los Alamitos, Manteca, Montebello, Tulare, and, my alma mater,
Colton High School bands sparkle into view. The last All-Western
Band Review was in 1984. Approximately 75 bands from all over
were there. There are still other band reviews but none offer the
attraction of so many bands from so many diferent places as the great
Band Review. There is now almost nothing happening the Saturday
Thanksgiving, the day All-Western was held. Many other great band
reviews have also since vanished: the El Primero Band Review
Monica); the Autumn Band Review (San Diego), which was to
the San Diego County representative for the Tournament
of Roses Parade; the Colton Invitational Band Review
was the last time we saw my old high school in ANY band review?); the Hawthorne
Band Review; the only band competition which actively involved
from other states in concert, gridiron, and street competion, the La
Mesa Tournament of Bands (La Mesa and San Diego); and the one which
was supposed to take the place of the All-Western, the California
Review (Santa Ana). In the last three years, we lost the Maytime Band Review in National
City, near the Mexican border.
Today the oldest is the Arcadia
Tournament of Bands in Arcadia.
Alpha Beta Markets I remember Alpha Beta. When I was little they had yellow shopping carts. Alpha Beta was sold to the Yucaipa Company a short time after this, which owned such chains as Boys' Markets, Food-4-Less, and Viva Markets. (If you remember in the movie E.T., the creature ate some potato salad purchased at the Boys' Market just before he got drunk!) Through the power of this chain, they were able to buy the trade marks of such defunct brands as Carnation Fresh Milk (not the canned stuff, which is made by Nestle) and Van de Kamp's Bakery (not frozen fish, which is made by Aurora Foods). Yucaipa bought the Ralphs Grocery Company. Alpha Beta, Boys', and Viva shortly became either Ralphs or Food-4-Less. Ralphs was bought by the Kroger Company (see Market Basket in this list.)
Angels Building Supply I think their problem was that they kept all of their stock outdoors. Not a good place to keep plywood. Oh, they had good prices and good quality. It was just a lousy place to go shopping in winter!
This is the El Capitan. It was this train that I rode with my family to Los Angeles from San Bernardino when I was a preteen. I think the 55 mile trip took about an hour and a half. Each way.
Topeka, and Santa Fe RailwayMy
dad retired from Santa Fe some fifteen years ago. While
is still a Santa Fe Railroad, it is now Burlington
Northern-Santa Fe. This happened in 1996 when the
Northern, which itself was also an amalgamation of the Burlington
(Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy), Northern Pacific (NP's
was a circle with Yin and Yang in the middle of it),
Northern (GN's logo was either a goat or a Rocky Mountain sheep,
railroads, merged with Santa Fe. Pretty soon, when kids hear the
song from The Harvey Girls, "On the Atchison, Topeka,
the Santa Fe," no one will know what the song is about, unless they
down and watch the movie! Click
on this link to purchase a metal sign like the Super Chief above!
Barbara Ann Bakeries Their main bakery was in San Bernardino. I loved their Honey V Bread (though I never knew whether it was "Honey Vee" or "Honey 'Five'"), which was a multigrain bread with sesame seeds on top. Barbara Ann Bakeries was owned by Langendorf.
Who ever thought of selling a bag of chips for 73 cents for the manufacturer's suggested price? I guess it's just as logical as 69 or 79 cents!
Bell Brand Potato Chips Made famous by a scene in The Seven Year Itch in which Marilyn Monroe came home from the store and immediately started eating a bag of chips. The company has always been a division of Granny Goose Foods in the San Francisco Bay area; for a few years, you could buy both brands and most people thought they were getting something different. Oh, well... Bell Brand products were sold mostly to Southern Californians only. "If it's Bell, it's swell!"
Look at the family on the cover of the stamp book. What a way to spend the day!
Blue Chip Stamps Children today are missing something I relished in my childhood: Saving trading stamps! Trading stamps were given by discount department stores (except dime stores and really cheap discount stores), drug stores, supermarkets, gas stations. If I remember right, you were supposed to get one trading stamp for every dime spent. There were 1,100 trading stamps in a book. A book of stamps would purchase about twelve bucks worth of goods. I remember what it said on every stamp: "Cash Value, One Mill," meaning that I could supposedly take my book of trading stamps to the Blue Chip Stamp Redemption Center and get $1.10. Stamps cost money. Stores began eliminating stamps when the price to give the stamps went up and so, like Double Stamp Tuesdays at the Signal Gas Stations, Blue Chip Stamps faded away. They were chiefly in California. For those of you who have been asking if I remember S&H Green Stamps: Yes, I do. My family didn't have that much to do with them? We could get Blue Chip Stamps at Stater Brothers, which is where my family did most of its shopping. S&H Green Stamps still exist. I was at a supermarket in the Deep South not too long ago and noticed that they still give Green Stamps. You can also click onto this link and, by buying through certain internet shopping sites, you can get S&H Green Points, which work similar to the stamps.
Bonanza AirlinesAnyone who has been in the Riverside Municipal Airport Terminal Building can't understand why an airport that has a waiting area like this doesn't have passenger service. About 35 years ago, though, Riverside was one of the hubs for Bonanza Airlines, which was based in Las Vegas. They used airplanes reminiscent of a previous generation (Fairchild propjets), flying to such exotic, glamorous destinations as Bakersfield, Blythe, Borrego Springs, and Carlsbad. Eventually, Bonanza became Air West, whose planes were too big for Riverside. Air West became Hughes Air West (instead of Bonanza Airlines, Hughes Air West was called "Banana Airlines" because their planes were bright yellow!) Hughes Air West was taken over by Republic Airlines and Republic was absorbed by Northwest (Orient).
Builders' Emporium This was a pretty good building supply store. My parents bought from them all the time (when they weren't going to Angels). Builders' Emporium was sold to Wickes and the stores became Ole's, which also soon went out of business.
Burger ChefI'm not sure but I think Burger Chef had charcoal broiled hamburgers long before Burger King. The chain was family run for a long time and then it was taken over by General Foods. General Foods (which was later bought by Philip Morris and merged with the Kraft Cheese Company, then ceased to exist) sold the company and it eventually wound up in the hands of Hardee's (we don't have any of those in Southern California; presently, both Hardee's and Carl's Jr. have the same Happy Star trademark), which was taken over by Carl Karcher Enterprises, at which time Hardee's seemed to resemble Carl's Jr., a chain which originated in Downtown Los Angeles (as a hot dog cart) and headquartered in Anaheim and some stores have Green Burrito outlets in them. (Aren't these corporate things fun?) I remember that in the early seventies a new Burger Chef opened across the street from San Bernardino Valley College (a couple of blocks south of Fedco) and they filmed a TV commercial there. It soon closed down. I don't remember any Burger Chefs staying around after that. Later, I attended college at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. They had Burger Chef; one of my professors always had the child's meal for lunch. (This was 1976 and 1977.) In the early 1980s, I was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. I went to the beach at Toms River and they had a Burger Chef there on U.S. Hwy. 9. I later found out that New Jersey was the last good stronghold for Burger Chef and the Burger Chef in Cookeville was the last store to shut down in 1996.
The old Carnation Ice Cream Parlor, which also doesn't exist anymore, at Disneyland.
Carnation Dairies Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I thought Carnation Fresh Milk originated in Los Angeles. I mean, that's where the Carnation Evaporated Milk plant was and, at the time, they were the same company. Actually, they began in Washington State. I think every school district in California got some of its milk from Carnation in the 1960s. (Do you remember the four-piece paper cartons we used then? One piece was used for the sides; there was a top and a bottom; and there was an indented cover that was held in place with a staple.) Also, Carnation produced every milk-based product sold at Disneyland. Carnation was sold to Nestle in 1989 and would no longer produce fresh milk. In this area, Carnation Fresh Milk went to Adohr Farms, a small dairy in Santa Ana (formerly owned by the Southland Corporation). Nestle produces Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Carnation Ice Cream, and several other products. At least Adohr Farms got the contract to sell milk at Disneyland! Carnation Fresh Milk is sold in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas in Ralphs and Food-4-Less supermarkets as one of their house brands (they pay Nestle for the rights to use the name).
The price and the "no cyclamates" disclaimer say that this bottle of Chocks is from about 1970 or 1971.
Chocks Multiple Vitamins These were the first chewable multiple vitamins. I'm not sure when they first appeared (but keep watching this page and I might tell you) but they were succeeded by Bugs Bunny and Flintstones vitamins. My story with Chocks goes back to when I was about two years old. My mom bought me vitamins to make sure I'd be really healthy. I wanted to be really healthy so I took a whole bottle of Chocks. I spent the rest of that day in the emergency room at St. Bernardine's Hospital emergency room getting my stomach pumped. (Never take too much of anything!) My mom wants me to add that I climbed to the top of a large refrigerator to get to those Chocks back in 1960. That was a pretty ambitious chore for a two year old!
Consolidated Freightways I
really didn't know that much about the company. I just know that
their trucks were everywhere. I remember the month they went out
of business. There was a yard near my house that had hundreds of
Continental Trailways There was a time when you had a choice in bus riding. Trailways had a fleet of European buses which were supposed to be more comfortable than Greyhounds. Anyway, Greyhound bought the company and thus ended the competition. Do you remember when actor Claude Akins did their pitches for TV commercials?
Disneyland Miniature Golf
Am I the only person to remember
this one? It was located at the corner of Cerritos Avenue and
Street (Cerritos Avenue has been knocked out because of recent
and West Street has been renamed). Anyway, the golf course was a
miniature representation of Disneyland, complete with the
There was also a small adult golf course and a park for people who came
to Disneyland with picnic lunches (it was called Disneyland Park, not
be confused with what they call Disneyland Park today, which is the
Magic Kingdom.) The whole thing was gone during the early 1970s
late 1960s. For some reason, the
golf course is not mentioned on the Yesterland
website (but this page is still worth checking out!)
Eastern Airlines I am a very well flown person, having been to four continents (never been to Africa, Antarctica, or Australia) and I have my favorite airlines. In July 1983, I had to fly to Quito, Ecuador, for a couple of weeks. The travel agent said she tried to get me onto a U.S. flag carrier because she said they would be fewer hassles. At the time, the only American airline flying extensively to the little countries in Latin America was Eastern (they had the route which used to belong to PanAm. Since I lived in Southern New Jersey at the time, I flew from Philadelphia. The night before I left I received a call from the airline and they informed me that I would fly Eastern to Miami but my flight to Quito was cancelled, so they booked me on Ecuatoriana. I felt sad (because of what the travel agent told me)