Category Archives: General Museum News

Iron Eyes Cody – The Crying Indian

If the man above doesn't look familiar, take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNM This PSA, made on Earth Day, 1971, stars a man once dubbed "America's Favorite Indian;" Iron Eyes Cody. The final image of a single tear being shed has made its way across numerous platforms, reaching iconic level rather quickly. The ad's success garnered a position...
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Nudie Cohn – The Rhinestone Cowboy

  There's a special corner of the Valley Relics Museum dedicated to a man of unique talent and taste. A man well-known to local history buffs, classic country music fans, and lovers of vintage fashion. A man known to the world as Nudie Cohn. If you laid eyes on some of his work, you're likely to...
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Valley Relics Early History: Scandals of the 1920s

Anyone looking up the history of LA in the 1920s will uncover incredible scandals, from C. C. Julian the get-rich-quick oil speculator, to “Sister” Aimee Semple McPherson, a Christian evangelist who faked her own kidnapping in order to spend time with a boyfriend. The San Fernando Valley, then mostly farmland with a few towns, was...
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Dimples – “America’s First Karaoke Bar”

Burbank is well-known for its historic landmarks and memorabilia. Earlier this year, the town said goodbye to both as Dimples, dubbed America's first karaoke bar, delivered its swan song. When Sal Ferraro went to a Hollywood party in 1982, he came across what they then called The Singing Machine. It was (supposedly) the first one to...
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