Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800,000 and growing. Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Her deep knowledge of Hollywood history and personal acquaintances throughout the industry has resulted in features about Alison on ABC’s Eye on L.A., The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post, CurbedLA, The New York Times, and the nationally syndicated show, The Insider. In December of 2015, she also landed on the cover of West Hollywood Magazine. 2017 has been a busy year for Alison as she co-produced and stared in a film about the life of Jayne Mansfield (called “Mansfield ’66/’67”) which was featured in 17 film festivals worldwide. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently had the honor of hosting an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner. On top of all that, she was also recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles (VLA)— an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century, as well as its history as the center of the entertainment industry and community. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Vintage Los Angeles has 278,000 followers on Facebook, and has become a go-to site for commentary and conversation on the entertainment industry and Hollywood history.

Before starting VLA, Alison Martino produced television shows for Bravo, TV Land, A&E, VH1, Lifetime and Ryan Seacrest Productions. She spent five years at E! Entertainment Television producing the classic cult series Mysteries & Scandals, a Hollywood Babylon-esque show which focused on the flip side of fame. For her TV productions and live events, Alison has interviewed dozens of movie star legends and pop culture icons including Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smothers Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard.”

The entertainment industry is taking note of the enormous audience Alison has built for VLA and her other social media outlets. To gain access to what Alison has built, Lionsgate engaged her to promote La La Land on the Vintage Los Angeles page, including red-carpet interviews at the film’s premiere. For the 2013 film Gangster Squad, Alison provided Warner Bros. her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia. She generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks. In 2017, Martino was invited to attend the TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. Her coverage was so extensive it led her to partner with the network for future programs, events and movie releases.


 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Alison recently teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes Company to create the web series VLA TV. She is also media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and locals since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting its 52 years in business.

Martino is an advocate for historic preservation of the architecture that makes Los Angeles and its surrounding communities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica unique, and for the buildings that are iconic representations of the entertainment industry. She worked to bring back the original Chasen’s Chili, helped save vintage signs on Sunset Strip and to preserve the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant, and advocated removal of vendor carts that blocked public access to the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood — a crusade that was spotlighted in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.


Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800,000 and growing. Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Her deep knowledge of Hollywood history and personal acquaintances throughout the industry has resulted in features about Alison on ABC’s Eye on L.A., The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post, CurbedLA, The New York Times, and the nationally syndicated show, The Insider. In December of 2015, she also landed on the cover of West Hollywood Magazine. 2017 has been a busy year for Alison as she co-produced and stared in a film about the life of Jayne Mansfield (called “Mansfield ’66/’67”) which was featured in 17 film festivals worldwide. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently had the honor of hosting an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner. On top of all that, she was also recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles (VLA)— an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century, as well as its history as the center of the entertainment industry and community. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Vintage Los Angeles has 278,000 followers on Facebook, and has become a go-to site for commentary and conversation on the entertainment industry and Hollywood history.

Before starting VLA, Alison Martino produced television shows for Bravo, TV Land, A&E, VH1, Lifetime and Ryan Seacrest Productions. She spent five years at E! Entertainment Television producing the classic cult series Mysteries & Scandals, a Hollywood Babylon-esque show which focused on the flip side of fame. For her TV productions and live events, Alison has interviewed dozens of movie star legends and pop culture icons including Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smothers Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard.”

The entertainment industry is taking note of the enormous audience Alison has built for VLA and her other social media outlets. To gain access to what Alison has built, Lionsgate engaged her to promote La La Land on the Vintage Los Angeles page, including red-carpet interviews at the film’s premiere. For the 2013 film Gangster Squad, Alison provided Warner Bros. her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia. She generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks. In 2017, Martino was invited to attend the TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. Her coverage was so extensive it led her to partner with the network for future programs, events and movie releases.

Alison Martino

Alison recently teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes Company to create the web series VLA TV. She is also media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and locals since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting its 52 years in business.

Martino is an advocate for historic preservation of the architecture that makes Los Angeles and its surrounding communities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica unique, and for the buildings that are iconic representations of the entertainment industry. She worked to bring back the original Chasen’s Chili, helped save vintage signs on Sunset Strip and to preserve the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant, and advocated removal of vendor carts that blocked public access to the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood — a crusade that was spotlighted in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love,” Alison said. “It is a daily celebration and a historical resource that draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine.”

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A haunting and fascinating time....A haunting and fascinating time capsule of Los Angeles in 1946 I added an evocative soundtrack and slowed down the footage (supplied by Getty). This was actu...
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Amazing footage! The photography style itself captures that period as fully as the images themselves. Shot at night, in black-and-white, with lighting that looks as though it was done with a solo police-type spotlight, creating shadows with no fill. If it had been shot in broad daylight and in color, the mood would have been far different.

The music accompaniment is “haunting,” but the visuals look great. I want to go back in time.

I like the LAPD with his weapon drawn.

Rich & rare, quite enjoyable!

LA. Before all the loons took over California..

Freeze the frame at 1:30. That pinpoints it at 1946.

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13 hours ago

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Attention VLA and ROSE MARIE fans!

A couple of months ago VINTAGE LOS ANGELES and yours truly hosted a special screening and Q&A for Rose Marie's documentary Wait for Your Laugh, with Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and the star herself. Tonight the film opens here in LA with special Q&As all weekend. Go see this wonderful film, with all it's vintageness, and take this opportunity to see these icons in person. There's still rox available tonight at the Town Center in Encino and they added a second screening tomorrow night at 9:30 pm! Rose Marie will be there at all of the screenings with Peter Marshall and director Jason Wise. I promise you'll thank me if you go! www.rosemariemovie.com/showtimes.htm
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Attention VLA and ROSE MARIE fans! 

A couple of months ago VINTAGE LOS ANGELES and yours truly hosted a special screening and Q&A for Rose Maries documentary Wait for Your Laugh, with Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and the star herself. Tonight the film opens here in LA with special Q&As all weekend. Go see this wonderful film, with all its vintageness, and take this opportunity to see these icons in person. Theres still rox available tonight at the Town Center in Encino and they added a second screening tomorrow night at  9:30 pm! Rose Marie will be there at all of the screenings with Peter Marshall and director Jason Wise. I promise youll thank me if you go! http://www.rosemariemovie.com/showtimes.htm

 

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I was so sincerely honored to present the first screening of the film ever! It will always remain one of the highlights of my career! Thanks to everyone who came that night. Now you have a second chance to see her!

I want to see this so badly. I remember a few years ago, sitting at Rose Marie's dining room table, drinking iced tea, while she called her credit card company about her bill. I'm sure the person on the other end had no idea who they were talking to. Such a wonderful lady and I'll never forget that day as long as I live.

That would be so cool, her & my mom are about the same age ( my mom will be 94 in February)

Scott Rosenzweig This is a must see. Heard it is so good. Maybe you told me. lol

Seeing it tonight in Santa Monica!

Enlightening

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RCA Victor, (which stood for the Radio Corporation of America) was once located at 1510 North Vine Street - between NBC Studios and the Brown Derby. Photo date is 1953. Recording artists at this time included: Freddy Martin, Sammy Kaye, Spike Jones, Perry Como, Vaughn Monroe, Tony Martin and Tommy Dorsey.

And who could forget RCA's mascot, Nipper? He wasn’t a talking dog, nor a singing dog, his fame came from listening to his master’s voice on the Victrola. His prominent appearance was on every RCA Victor record label from 1929 until 1969 and assured Nipper’s place in the pantheon of canine celebrities.

Other things to spot: the banner in front of the tent mentioned "Truth or Consequences," and the space-age aircraft model under the tent is a Douglas D-558 early experimental supersonic test aircraft, why the model is in a bottle and on that show however I have no idea!

Sadly, today this is a parking lot 😰
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RCA Victor, (which stood for the Radio Corporation of America) was once located at 1510 North Vine Street -  between NBC Studios and the Brown Derby. Photo date is 1953. Recording artists at this time included:  Freddy Martin, Sammy Kaye, Spike Jones, Perry Como, Vaughn Monroe, Tony Martin and Tommy Dorsey.

And who could forget RCAs mascot, Nipper?  He wasn’t a talking dog, nor a singing dog, his fame came from listening to his master’s voice on the Victrola. His prominent appearance was on every RCA Victor record label from 1929 until 1969 and assured Nipper’s place in the pantheon of canine celebrities.

Other things to spot: the  banner in front of the tent mentioned Truth or Consequences, and the space-age aircraft model under the tent is a Douglas D-558 early experimental supersonic test aircraft, why the model is in a bottle and on that show however I have no idea! 

Sadly, today this is a parking lot 😰

 

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Aunt worked at RCA for 20 years...in the 60s...made then in the U.S.A. Had a large plant in L.A...now closed .

What a great time to be a young aspiring musician !

Alison Martino: <3 ~Dave~

This just happened to be on my Victrola this morning -- Freddie Martin and his orchestra! (Actually not a Victrola, my phonograph is called "The Hawthorne".) Freddie Martin was a regular at the Cocoanut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel, and one of his trademarks was making dance arrangements of famous classical tunes. This waltz is arranged from Tchaikovsky, but the flip side of this record is a hilarious (to a classical musician) arrangement: the Grieg Piano Concerto Fox Trot!

Nipper was a British dog and the company that first used this dog and gramophone image was a German company who had a subsidiary that eventually became RCA over in the USA. Late 1800s.

I acquired a box of these records from a former co worker. She had no idea what to do with them. The box is a very heavy brown box, with spaces for 50 records. The collection is written on the inside lid. One if them are broke upon retrieval. Ive carefully carried them with me as ive moved. Includes Benny Goodman (columbia records), Artie Shaw, Glen Miller (bluebird records), Charlie Barnett, Harry James (varsity records), Count Basie (okeh)Raymond Scott (Decca), Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and Tommy Dorsey.

Holy Shit, Alison! Of the countless photos I have or have seen of Vine Street between Sunset and Yucca, I have never seen a shot like this. I'm guessing that RCA wasn't in this spot very long as it is not evident in the aforementioned photos. Yes, this would now be the NW corner of the parking lot for the 6255 Sunset building 'round the corner headed south. I worked there for several years --the Motown building-- across, diagonally, from the Aquarius Theater (formerly Earl Carroll's). Now if this blue Buick or Chevy in the photo were to turn right at the intersection --Selma Ave., just a few feet ahead-- it would be in front of Del-Fi Studios on the left side of the street-- home of hits by Ritchie Valens and Bobby Fuller and, in the early '70s, Led Zeppelin did some recording there, too. I cut some radio jingles there in '80s. I am just dazzled by this photo-- Hollywood was so clean and pristine until the '60s progressed.

Love the car! Wish I'd paid more attention when the streets were full of cars of this vintage (and older). Of course my husband did, and can still easily name them! Maybe a Buick, because of the three little holes?

Grew up listening to Spike Jones. My dad went to see him live. He said it was amazing. All the gunshots, dropped china and other sound effects. Truly a wacky musician. Thanks for stirring up some old memories.

I would guess the model is in the bottle bc its supposed to be like a ship in a bottle (maybe marketing as in plane replaced the ship). And maybe they somehow funded something there to put it outside...I dunno, This is directly across from my window and I wish I was looking out at this instead

nipper is the reason why my parents have always had jack russell’s & they both love music too!! this is a very interesting story too🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵

In Britain, the company was named HMV - for, His Masters Voice. In Japan, JVC - Japan Victor Corp.

The D-558-2 was the first plane to fly at Mach 2 on November 20, 1953 at Muroc (Edwards AFB). Truth or Consequences ended it's run on CBS radio in 1951 and started again on NBC radio on May 18, 1954 with Jack Bailey as the host. Notice the BAIL in between the bus benches. Probably was a promotion for the new NBC show in late '53 or early 54.

I took this picture a couple years ago of a mural in Berryville, Arkansas

The RCA building is located where the 76 gas station is in this next photo. Notice that the dual-lantern light post on the corner is in both shots. At most, based on the autos, only 10-12 years were likely to have elapsed between shots. So the gas station must have been razed for this building which, itself, does not look ultra-modern for its time. What's so unusual here is the patch of grass in front of RCA. From Yucca to the north and south to Sunset, I have never seen a patch of grass on Vine Street in any photos from the '40s to the present day. I'm going to see if I can find any other shots of this corner that might show what, if anything, occupied this building before RCA. Do you have anything, Alison?

Soon as I saw this pic I started singing the jingle "An R-C-A Victor color TV...."

. It was near Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, I believe... Wasn't it a Kodak building for a while?

I can't believe there was grass growing anywhere in Hollywood.

Nipper might've been well named. He was a pit bull.

Boy a parking lot! What on earth could ppl be thinking? Such a beautiful bldg😒

Is this the NE corner of Vine and Selma?

The building in Camden is now luxury apartments. thevictorlofts.com/

Hey look, it's a bottle rocket! *runs

The easy life!

A parking lot? 😥

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Charlie Chaplin's cane and the original Gone With the Wind screenplay. ...

Charlie Chaplins cane and the original Gone With the Wind screenplay.

 

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I'm geeking out so much.

Actually, that cane is from the film Citizen Kane. 🤣

I wish I was rich. I'd buy them both.

about 10 years ago..... a friend of a friend was shopping at garage sales in Culver City and bought some old books for 50cents each... one was Gone With The Wind... after getting it home...she noticed the book was autographed by the author and several stars... she sent it to auction and made out big time. I felt bad for the poor person having the garage sale.

Shake me wake me when they auction the copy of Gravity’s Rainbow that Pynchon inscribed to the first tv Lois. (Completely true Terry - the writer dated Phyllis Coates’ daughter for quite a while.)

That’s about the fiftieth Charlie Chaplin cane in the last 30 years.

So this is where all Debbie’s stuff ended up

These things belong in a museum, not a wealthy Asian home.

I'd love to see these treasures! 🙂 Especially Marilyn Monroe. I adored her!

I bought a cane like this at an antique shop.

So cool!

Verify.

It’s the cane from citizen cane

WowA

Jason Castro so cool!!! 😧

Amber Little Jesse Tankard Simon Lovatt You didn't read it?

Roberto Fonseca Robertin de Fonseca

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