Friday, August 13, 2010

Vintage Photo Friday

Photo, courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library Archives

The caption for the photo above that appeared in the L.A. Herald Examiner in 1960 reads, "Commemorating the work of eight film pioneers who led the fight against Beverly Hills' annexation by Los Angeles in 1922, a 30-foot marble monument was dedicated at Beverly Dr. and Olympic Blvd. on March 9, 1960. A spiraling bronze replica of a strip of motion picture film is topped by a 14-karat gold star. Among filmland personalities taking part in the fete are, left to right, Conrad Nagel, Corinne Griffith, Mary Pickford and Harold Lloyd."
I was at this dedication. Sooky Goldman, photographer and reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, recruited our Brownie Troop from Beverly Vista Elementary School to participate in the dedication ceremony for the statue. There was a photo of our troop, saluting in front of the statue in the BH Courier. My copy of the photo is long gone, but I still remember the day.

Beverly Vista Brown Troop, 1960 - L-R: Jeri, Denise, Allison, Erica, Jody, Ellen, Nancy, Leslie, Sharon, Eva, Ria, Mandy, Dana, Sandy, Karin, Gayle - Back row: Troop Leaders, Mrs. Milner, Mrs. Martin

Our neighbor, Sooky Goldman, later became active in the preservation of Franklin Canyon Park.

The statue is still on Olympic Blvd. at Beverly Drive, right near Von's Market. It's in the middle of this traffic triangle. I must go over there again and photograph the statue! I feel proud to have participated in this small piece of Beverly Hills history.

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At 1:45 PM PDT, Blogger Beth McDermott Oliver said...

You all look so fetching in your little white gloves. Sweet picture.

At 8:39 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen!

It's so cool that the statue is still there!


At 8:29 AM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

What a great memory. Whenever I see that statue I will think of you in uniform!

At 2:07 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Your brownie troop picture looks so much like mine, I thought you'd gotten a copy of my photo! I looked a lot like Allison, and my pal Linda looked much like Erica, except that Linda was giving the brownie salute!

At 9:52 AM PDT, Blogger Leslie said...

Wow, what a blast from the past. I remember well those horrible uniforms and that we had to wear our white gloves on any field trip. And the little beanie hat that wouldn't stay on my head without 10 bobby pins. I was in a different state and a couple of years later, but Gayle and I could be twins. Thanks for the memories!

At 2:46 PM PDT, Blogger -K- said...

I've driven by that monument a thousand times but never knew its history.

And I've been to the Sooky Goldman Center? Ampitheater? almost as many times.

I also never knew BH was ever in danger of annexation. Kind of impossible to imagine it being anything other than what it is.


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