Bob’s Big Boy Menu, Burbank, CA, 1970s

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Bob’s Big Boy is perhaps as iconic as any Southern California restaurant chain, with its familiar Big Boy statues and its ties to L.A.’s classic Googie movement (architect Wayne McAllister also designed the original Lawry’s location on La Cienega, along with several other restaurants throughout the southland).

“The Treasury of American Wines” by Nathan Chroman, 1976

Dust jacket for “The Treasury of American Wines” by Nathan Chroman, 1976. Please click to enlarge the photo to full resolution.

I’m a geek when it comes to food history, but I’m especially nerdy about California’s wine history. Old wine books are often fascinating to me because they’re like time capsules, snapshots […]

1970s Nut Tree Menu, Vacaville, CA

Planes, trains and automobiles: The cover of the Nut Tree menu acknowledges the property’s airport, it signature locomotive, and its reputation as a road tripper’s oasis.

I found an old Nut Tree menu the other day, published the day after Thanksgiving in 1975 (long before this day became commonly known as Black […]