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Jimbill’s Coffee Shop, Sylmar

Just a short article today! In 2015, the Valley Relics Museum received an incredibly generous donation of vintage menus (the Gorsky Collection). It was my task as the museum's archivist to sort and catalogue each individual menu. The menus dated from the 1940s through the 1990s, with the majority being from the 60s and 70s....
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Ritchie Valens and Tony Casanova

Sixty years ago this month, on February 3, 1959, was the tragic plane crash that took the lives of three early rock and roll icons: Buddy Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Ritchie Valens. Valens was only 17 and had risen to rock stardom just eight months before. He is remembered as a...
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The Rainbow Roller Rink

It's a strange photo choice for a postcard: a huge expanse of dance floor, rainbow tinsel streamers adorning the ceiling, and a band on stage all the way in the back, almost too tiny to be seen. This is the Rainbow Roller Rink, which was only open for five short years, but remains one of...
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James C. Corman Congressional Matchbook

The Valley Relics Museum collections include hundreds of matchbooks, each one representing a former Valley business, restaurant, or group. In the days when nearly everybody was a smoker, printing up a book of matches with your logo and phone number was a smart way to market your business. Put a basket of them on your...
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