Stay Puft Marshmallow Store

I spent the past week on vacation with my family in sunny California. We visited and saw quite a few things that were decidedly “non-retro,” but a couple of things we saw were — one of them being this Stay Puft Marshmallow Store.

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Located inside the Hollywood and Highland Mall, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Store was just one of several candy-themed stores in the area. Unfortunately for us this store was closed as we made our way through the mall, but that didn’t stop me from trying to eat my way through the locked doors!

Here’s a link to more information about this area known as Sweet Los Angeles: LINK

Gorgeous stock footage of LA during the 1940s

Because where else could I say something like “Guys, check out this exiting STOCK FOOTAGE!!!” and not be laughed at?

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t like Archive.org’s embedding options, so you’ll have to click on over there to check it out.

It was apparently shot in the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles for an unidentified feature film. If anybody knows the origin, let the Internet Archive folks know.

A Trip To The Griffith Park Merry Go Round

Maybe more vintage than retro, but I really wanted to share this.

Nestled in the heart of Griffith Park is another hidden gem of Los Angeles – an original 1926 Merry Go Round. It’s open 11 AM to 5 PM everyday and it’s great for kids or vintage enthusiasts. There is a small display in the ride where you can learn all about its history.

The highlight is the wonderfully cool and eerie Stinson Orchestra – a mechanical work of art. Here is a gallery from my trip.