Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine and Los Angeles magazine, 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 thousand and growing. She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Alison promoted the 2013 Warner Brothers film “Gangster Squad” by allowing the production to use her vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the new Tower Records documentary directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 51 years in business.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.


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Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant.

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine.  If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine feature, an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra!
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • On December 7th, Alison be interviewing Robert Morse at the Egyptian before a screening of ‘THE LOVED ONE’.
  • The December issue of LA Magazine will feature four articles written by Alison including an exclusive update on ‘Tail ‘o The Pup’! Also included are interviews with Micky Dolenz, Frankie Vali, Herb Alpert and Michelle Phillips! To see all of Alison’s articles, click here.
  • Capitol Records surprised Alison on November 23rd by asking her to FLIP THE SWITCH on the iconic Christmas tree atop the Capitol Records building. Click here to read more see how things looked up there!

Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine, 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 thousand and growing. She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Alison promoted the 2013 Warner Brothers film “Gangster Squad” by allowing the production to use her vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the new Tower Records documentary directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 51 years in business.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community . Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant..

Latest Issue of ‘West Hollywood’ magazine

Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles Alison Martino
Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine.  If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine feature, an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra!
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • On December 7th, Alison be interviewing Robert Morse at the Egyptian before a screening of ‘THE LOVED ONE’.
  • The December issue of LA Magazine will feature four articles written by Alison including an exclusive update on ‘Tail ‘o The Pup’! Also included are interviews with Micky Dolenz, Frankie Vali, Herb Alpert and Michelle Phillips! To see all of Alison’s articles, click here.
  • Capitol Records surprised Alison on November 23rd by asking her to FLIP THE SWITCH on the iconic Christmas tree atop the Capitol Records building. Click here to read more see how things looked up there!
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Annette Funicello at Disneyland promoting a TV Special in 1968. Does anyone know who the other two ladies are?

As for the dude behind Annette, it must have been standard Peter Fonda attire that day: dig those ray-bans, sideburns, olive green turtle neck and Maltese medallion. You can't un- see all that when looking at this priceless photo.

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Robert ParraGreat picture of Annette, and the guy in the background....priceless!7 hours ago   ·  13
Chet ClineThe hipsters in echo park can't touch this guy...6 hours ago   ·  13
David LattaShall play this in tribute.4 hours ago   ·  2
Steve VerardoYou post the best pictures. With all the other nonsense being posted daily on Facebook, this is a refreshing change. I really enjoy this site.6 hours ago   ·  3
Keely RegretsIs the red head two seats over a young Carole Cook?7 hours ago   ·  1
Michael MaysShe was a good friend I miss her.4 hours ago   ·  1
Mark McCormickI bet he loved Mr. Toad's Wild Ride7 hours ago   ·  5
Joanne Reel PeressiniShe used to come up to my teller window @ Bank of America in Encino, she was usually humming, and always smiling! Such a very pleasant human being ..6 hours ago   ·  5
Mike JohnsonAnnette is sooooo HOT in this photo...I loved that she really started growing her hair out a bit more.22 minutes ago   ·  1
Gary EllisonI don't want to un-see this great photo of Annette, and want those sideburns. I would go everywhere looking like that guy. I don't give a Damn.6 hours ago   ·  5
Kathy HanlonAs I was leaving Costco some years ago, I passed a woman in a wheelchair. She was beautifully coiffed, made up, manicured and dressed to the nines. I smiled and nodded hello as her attendant wheeled her by. Ten steps later I realized it was Annette! Alas, by then, she was out of sight. I wish I had been quicker--I would have let her know how much she was appreciated by so many.6 hours ago   ·  3
Ed ByersWhat a great picture and a trip back in time. She was so gorgeous and elegant at the same time. She played such an important part of Disney history.7 hours ago   ·  5
Rick MendozaGreat picture. ... one would never know that the ugly disease that took that this beautiful woman was stirring inside. REST IN PEACE our darling ANNETTE we all miss you terribly6 hours ago   ·  1
Mike HagertyThe guy with the sideburns looks a lot like KHJ's Sam Riddle. I can't remember if he ever grew his sideburns that long, but he did grow them in '68 (and it would explain why he was allowed to get that close to Annette):6 hours ago   ·  1
KC BladeWho wants to un- see it? Its a great picture.6 hours ago   ·  1
Charley CañalitaSuch a great photo of her, and the dude behind! Groovy!6 hours ago   ·  1
Bill McCainI can remember RUNNING home from school to see Annette on The Micky Mouse Show. She was so beautiful.3 hours ago   ·  1
Charles WildOne of the best/simple pics of her..makes me melt.5 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie ButlerShe was so cute and nice.25 minutes ago   ·  1
Richard Sinoe ElisaldezThe sideburns are attached to the shades man.....6 hours ago   ·  5
Robert BlanckI thought the dude behind her was Jack Nicholson.7 hours ago   ·  6
Susanne Perezshe always looked so pretty6 hours ago   ·  1
Glenn CasPretty photo of Annette. Though, the guy's OOTD is so on trend for the time. I'd rock it!5 hours ago   ·  1
Damien AndressIs that dress quintuple knit polyester?!5 hours ago   ·  1
Dawn Marie GarrowThe guy looks like Peter Fonda6 hours ago   ·  1

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"My dad took this on Wilshire Blvd, in the Miracle Mile area, around 1965. To the left is the old Orbach's store, with a Van De Kamp's Coffee Shop just behind it. At the time this was taken, I was working in the out-of-shot Prudential Insurance Building that was next to Orbach's. Lots of changes since then".
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Ralph AugustThe Lee Tower building was a strange turquoise color. It's now the Acme Tower and is black. My first grown-up job was at an ad agency on the 8th floor of the Lee Tower. Also, I always remember the red & white beacon atop The Mutual of Omaha building.1 day ago   ·  29
Eric KornblueAnd further down the blvd on the left I believe is the Lee Tower. One of the early high rises in the area. Grew up right near that building, could see it looming out the apartment windows.1 day ago   ·  6
Gary GarfieldI remember Ohrbach's like it was yesterday. My parents use to go there at least once a week. The Broadway was kitty corner from there.1 day ago   ·  5
Deborah WilkinsonLoved the old Van De Kamp's restaurants with the windmills. I remember the one on Harbor Blvd. near Disneyland.1 day ago   ·  20
Monique M MillerI lived at 718 S. Orange Grove Ave. from 1996 to 2010, which was right across the street from Orbachs, where I shopped with my mom in the 70's. Raised my children in this neighborhood, loved it! This is where my home once stood, they are building the subway:1 day ago   ·  2
Guillermo MendiolaWow, so much has changed. Ohrbach's moved to the SE corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, where I found it in the early '80s, before it closed up shop for good. The Ohrbach's on Masselin is now Break Media and the SAG•AFTRA building and Van de Kamp's is now Office Depot.1 day ago   ·  2
John M CassidyI remember that street well. My dad broadcast from KFAC in the Prudential building and we would always go to Van De Kamps's for a bite between shows and....for a treat ... after the late show for a hot fudge sundae! Will have to forward that shot to my siblings.1 day ago   ·  2
John RichWe shopped at Ohrbachs and then mom took us to lunch at Van De Kamp's, they served coffee shakes/malts, the first I ever had. It made up for Mom shopping so long. Then things changed and one by one they closed and change.1 day ago   ·  3
Kathy DavisI remember shoppig in Orbachs and have eaten at Van de Kamp's. My dad worked at California Federal Savings on the Miracle Mile.10 hours ago
Tommy TaylorThat Prudential Building helped spark the growth of what became the Miracle Mile. The company, being from the northeast, chose where it built the building because it was at the Tar Pit area and they thought that would help absorb any shocks from earthquakes. I was out there in the early Seventies and saw very few cracks in the sheetrock.20 hours ago   ·  1
Michael CrouchNot only changes in the businesses and the architecture but also the people. Los Angeles was still considered a friendly city and safer city in 1965, though crime with social and racial tension was on the rise. 65 was the year of the Watts Riot.1 day ago   ·  4
Brian AldrichWhat was on the south side of wilshire between hauser and ridgeley before it became a hole in the ground for a few decades and now a condo building?24 hours ago
Jonathan Udelli worked at orbachs in 1966 where i was fired; and possibly also as i recall in the prudential bldg, maybe at a soda fountain?1 day ago   ·  1
Jane Bartel ViscidiPretty much grew up shopping at Orbachs, remember the Barbie dolls in the toy section on the lower level. Loved Van de Kamps! Old school memories.1 day ago   ·  2
Herb RedholtzThis photo brings back a lot of fond memories. Used to shop with my parents at Ohrbachs and eat at Van de Kamps. I also remember Zachary All on the Miracle Mile.21 hours ago   ·  2
Nyron VanaldenDang! I forgot all about Orbach's! Wow! What a blast from the past! I was at a party in the late 70s and there was a young lady there who kept telling everyone she was from the Orbach family. Don't remember her name.15 hours ago   ·  1
Bonnie Zabren Chandler AscencioI loved the original Ohrbach's too! I also remember the lunch counter on the ground floor of the Prudential building. My mom and I would go there for ice cream sodas after shopping at Ohrbach's! Sigh...😍1 day ago
Helene VallowMy husband, Gary D Vallow and I worked at Prudential on Wilshire Blvd. Then they moved to the Valley. Gary started there in 1972 (till 1998) and I started in 1969 (till 2002) at the age of 18.16 hours ago   ·  1
Mark OsbornThe tragically demolished Coulter's Department Store (a Streamline Moderne treasure) is also barely in view on the right side of the photo, just beyond the Cal Fed building.23 hours ago
Barbie Martin FaragalliLoved Orbachs! They did many of the clothes for I Love Lucy. And they built another store in La Mirada. Lots of cute designer knock offs1 day ago   ·  5
Peggy M.e. PostmaI used to go to Ohrbach's and I love especially the Italian baby clothes they sold and the prices were so in-expensive.... so were the other clothes in the store.... ! It was a wonderful place to shop in....!1 day ago   ·  1
Cindy Dersh ScheinAnd off in the distance, in the Mutual of Omaha building, my father had his coffee shop, where I worked until 1971.1 day ago
Marc Morin-LebelBTW on the same side of the street as the Ohrbachs & Van De Kamp's, and after the palm trees there appears to be a billboard advertising what appears to be the James Bond film "Thunderball", which came out in 1965. So it ads some support to the pic being taken in 1965.1 day ago   ·  1
Sev Ysmael PlanasBeen to Orbach's once in the 80s right before they closed. I still like May Company right across it though. Then it later became a car museum which I havent been in to.1 day ago   ·  1
Noreen CastilloI loved the way people dressed back then in the forties fifties and sixties very conservative and fancy because back then mystery was everything.1 day ago

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