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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‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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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?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scalia’s 60th anniversary as well as 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”.
  • 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.

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..

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scalia’s 60th anniversary as well as 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”.
  • 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.
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"The streets were dark with something more than night" - Raymond Chandler ...

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Kerry GodfreyOh, I really love this one!!! Right up the street from where I lived in Beverly Hills!! I could see the Taft Building from my place!!24 minutes ago   ·  2
Mike WrenThis is so cool....it really takes me back.31 minutes ago   ·  3
Daniel D. HouyOne of my favorite authors.41 minutes ago   ·  2
Michael AndoliniWalked that route today. Up vine, crossed Selma, to Hollywood Blvd. One of my favorite strolls..'👍38 minutes ago   ·  1
Dennis John DepewThat Miller High Life neon sign needs to be put back on top of that building.34 minutes ago   ·  3
Shannon Smithmy man41 minutes ago   ·  1
Vvicki TaftI vaugly remember the Taft building. That is my name. Any info on that?? What street was that building on? Refresh my memory. Was it on Hollywierd Street, not Wilshire Blvd...not Sunset...I think it may have been near the old WWYMCA building in Hollyweird, near or in the building that the Scientologists did their stuff...15 minutes ago
Shannon Smithone of my fave RC shots: “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”20 minutes ago
Bonnie BrayLove this photo. Captures vintage LA in the noir mode.8 minutes ago
Paul McCoolI never get tired of reading Chandler. Philip Marlowe was far more engaging in print than Sam Spade.11 minutes ago
Sean BresnahanLove it!39 minutes ago

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Volkswagen was founded on this day in 1937. To celebrate its legacy here's a photo of Jack Nicholson driving his beloved 1967 Beetle Convertible. Jack's 'love bug' also makes an appearance in Cheech and Chong's "Up in Smoke". The car even has the same license plate. ...

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Rhonda Lynn WiseI had 2 Beetles and 1 Beetle convertible. My 2 Beetles were semi-automatics (rare) and my convertible was turquoise with a black top. I love the old Volkswagen. These new things out now don't compare!12 hours ago   ·  5
Misha PinkhasovUhm, Volkswagen was founded by the Nazis (1937, Germany, hello?). Nice cars and nice company today, but just saying, with regard to "celebrating" its founding.10 hours ago   ·  3
Lani Flynn JonesMy '69 bug was the best car I've ever owned. Still regret selling it. Bigger regret: passing up a '67 with sun roof, pop out rear windows, and original wicker shelf when I was 20. I'm still trying to right that wrong.10 hours ago   ·  1
Fred Young Jr.My late father had a 65 (I think) Beetle as a company car. Later on, he was promoted and upgraded to a VW bus 🙂4 hours ago
Lee RivasTo all you Nazi haters remember....Not all Germans were nazis. We celebrate VW's birth and founding. The circumstances of its birth are another matter. In any event, after the end of WWII, attempts to sell the bombed out factory and the name were offered to other car makers who all refused. (I remember Ford as being one of them). The atrocities of the Nazis will never be forgotten and are very well documented,,,"NEVER AGAIN."9 hours ago   ·  2
Mike MillerShould we really be celebrating this particular anniversary considering who was the impetus for it's founding? Especially since Jewish slave labor was used in the building of the original Beetles. I am not a member of the Political Correctness police.I have no problem with VW as a brand, and actually it was the British in the postwar years who turned it into the company we know today (for better or worse). My father owned two Beetles in the fifties and sixties (here is the quite fly Captain Ted Miller in front of a pub outside of RAF Mildenhall in England with the '57 he bought with money he won playing poker with pilots). But as someone who had a good portion of their family tree senselessly destroyed by the Nazis, celebrating this particular anniversary seems to me to be in poor taste. Celebrate the car, not the origins of the company.10 hours ago   ·  1
Carlos AraujoMy first one was a 1951 split window, second one a 1957 convertible cream with dark red interior and top. That was the only convertible in Buenos Aires. Last one a brand new 1973 red/orange, 1600cc in Rio de Janeiro. Love all of them.11 hours ago   ·  2
Kristine FarabiMy late father had a green Beetle for years. When we were kids my 3 sisters and I use to call it "The mean green machine."2 hours ago
Cee MarchettiSweet! My first car was a used 1964 Bug. I have owned my 1972 Bug for almost 20 years now & drive it daily.11 hours ago
Melanie WalkerI've had 2 beetles. Clementine (orange and new) 1971 when I graduated and bought myself and later a Sun Bug; I think it was about 1980. It's funny looking at this photo but I also had a 1972 Corvette, silver, in between the two bugs, plus a few other sporty cars I bought, drove and sold 😉. But in all . . the sweet VW bugs were by far the more dependable. This is the cutest photo of him! It really shows his nutty fun personality . .12 hours ago   ·  3
Russ BurgosIf one wants to be historically correct, the original Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH was formed by the DAF, the German Labor Front, and so no Jewish labor would have been involved in its pre-war production at Kdf-Stadt (today's Wolfsburg) owing to the Nuremberg Laws that disenfranchised German Jewry. Once the war was underway, Volkswagen relied heavily on slave labor. As an earlier comment pointed out, VW was saved after the war by a British engineering officer, who retained the factory to repair and rebuild captured German vehicles because the British Army (unlike the American) was chronically short of motor transport.9 hours ago
Denise D. McNultyMy first car was a '71 Super Beetle convertible and still my favorite car! ❤️❤️🚙5 hours ago
Herman GonzalesThat was his car Chong was driving that Chong put his neighbors Bently grill on it? Lol!12 hours ago
Kenny SturrockLove this pic seen it before , two of my faveourite icons a Vw Cabriolet and and Jack !11 hours ago
Robin CantrellThe car I learned to drive in, bought for my 1st car, and bought a brand new Beetle for my last car.8 hours ago
Bobby BoogieI had a 67 VW and later a Van miss them both they were both great transportations although the Van was a little hard to get up the Grape Vine filled up with a bunch of Hippies :)8 hours ago
Paul McCoolI've owned a '67 Karmann Ghia, a '69 Squareback, two '71 Squarebacks, a '71 Super Beetle, and '60, '65, '67 and '69 Beetles.10 hours ago
Mary Kathleen BensonI had a 70 orange convertible in which I rented to Uni for the film The Big Fix starring Richard Dreyfuss. They painted it off yellow. But I have an 03 orange Conv. now!!!! Love my bugs!!!12 hours ago   ·  2
Mark LoveVW had one of the greatest and most creative advertising campaigns that started with "Think Small." And waaay before Apple's "Think Different" campaign. Google them. Many funny and clever ones.10 hours ago   ·  2
Brett HaywardThe bug is ok, but I would rather have the Vette going the other way. Just like in the 1978 Mark Hammel & Annie Potts movie Corvette Summer! Check it out if you've never seen it. 🎬7 hours ago
Chris Downing StarrI hear Jack still owns that car....12 hours ago   ·  1
Gene BivinsI had a lemon-yellow '63 Volkswagen. Drove it for years. It was stolen three times, and the third time I didn't get it back. :(5 hours ago
Dana FiedaThis makes me miss my '63 Bug that I drove for years in the 60s-70s. Learned to drive in it, too, with my dad yelling at me when I stalled! 😎10 hours ago

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