Like oh my god, there’s a totally tubular place in Chatsworth that celebrates everything that was rad about The San Fernando Valley, you know like, THE VALLEY.
Out in the Valley.
Once a wide open area full of expansive vistas, farms and ranches belonging to early Hollywood stars, by the ’60s and ’70s the Valley was paved and suburbanized, a bedroom community to the L.A. basin.
Much of its vibrant history had been erased or had it?
Thanks to Valley Relics, which opened in 2013, the Valley’s history lives on.
Don’t Cry…I miss Busch Gardens too, Iron Eyes. I really do, that was one of my favorite childhood places to visit growing up.
Tommy started collecting vintage Valley postcards because they were easy to handle and cheap. But his collection soon spread to pop culture memorabilia and eventually massive vintage signs. He began taking it upon himself to go on rescue missions when long established Valley businesses, restaurants or bars shut down.
A recent exhibition highlighted the bigger-than-life Western wear tailor Nudie Cohn and his coveted Nudie suits.
The museum’s walls are filled with vintage signs that once drew customers to the Valley Ranch Barbecue in Lake Balboa, Northridge’s White Horse Inn, Chez Nous in Toluca Lake and the Palomino country bar in North Hollywood.
Dimples Showcase ~ Burbank California First Karaoke Club in America.
The “Nudie on Nudie” exhibition included his 1975 Cadillac convertible, still festooned with silver dollars and Texas Longhorns on its hood.
Some of the trailblazing BMX bicycles manufactured during the 1970s in the Valley included bikes by Gary Littlejohn, Mongoose and Redline.
Gelinas retrieved the original Henry’s Tacos sign and menu when the Studio City food stand faced closure in 2012.
The Sherman Room was old school. Naugahyde booths, wood paneled walls, waitresses who’ve been there for ages, good steaks at a good price. Keep the Valley alive and go check out this incredible place.
7900 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Hangar C 3 & 4
(Entrance on Stagg St.)
Children 10 and under FREE
FREE Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm