Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Airport, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, etc.

Help! I need photos of the mosaic mural that graced the walls of the old Orange County Airport (a.k.a. John Wayne Airport) from 1967 until the new terminal took its place in the 1990s. (Postcard image at right.) The four-panel mural was executed by reknown California artists Rex Brandt and Phil Dike, and was located near the baggage claim area. It’s currently disassembled and in storage, but there seems to be a movement to bring it back to life. If you have a photo (of part or all) of the mural, please let me know.

Dann Gibb’s new Fountain Valley book for Arcadia Publishing is everything I’d hoped. He did yeoman’s work in gathering these photos from pioneer families as well as from public collections. If you live or work in (or near) Fountain Valley, you need to go to Barnes & Noble and buy a copy now. Really. Now. This blog will still be here when you get back.

Earlier, I mentioned tomorrow’s lunchtime lecture by Stan Oftelie at the Old Courthouse Museum Society meeting. Well, despite the announced topic (news photographer Bob Geivet) it sounds like Stan may also be straying into some discussion of the history of O.C. Government. Whatever his topic, it should be fascinating and amusing. Stan’s stories always are.

Dave of Davelandblog just posted some great photos of the Disneyland Hotel and the old Disneyland parking lot. My favorite is the first parking lot photo from Sept 1963: Quite a contrast to the dull hues we see on cars today.

A new “History Walk” in Anaheim was dedicated today at Broadway and Anaheim Blvd, consisting of five markers representing the eras of Anaheim’s history.

The Yorba Linda Historical Society will hold a rummage sale on June 30, from noon to 3pm at 18141 Bastanchury Rd. Cash only, please. (They didn’t say anything about small, unmarked bills, however.) Proceeds go to the Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch Museum.


Chris Merritt said...

That's an amazing mural - I hope they can bring it back. I'd hate for it to suffer the same fate as the Selig Zoo animals...

DB said...

My father hung that mural in 1967(he worked for Charles McCandless Tile) I still have some of the original snapshots of the construction process.

In the 80's he was interviewed by the FBI for something that was found in the painting(while the tiles were being made) Let me know if you want more details.


DB said...

Hello gang,

Sorry for not responding sooner. I have been pouring through 100's of boxed pics with no luck. My next step will be to contact some people my dad worked with on the airport project, and McCandless Tile who is still in business in Santa Ana

Dick Barr