Sumary of From neon to knickknacks, “the Smithsonian of the Valley” puts San Fernando Valley history on display:
- Characterized in movies and music as a suburban desert dominated by mall culture and plagued by relentless upspeak, its cultural significance and historical importance have long been dismissed by many as unremarkable and, well, a tad grody.
- Gelinas, who, when not acting as curator, owns a successful T-shirt printing business, started a website 20 years ago as a way for locals to share Valley history and experiences.
- World War II ration books are displayed just feet from 1970s plastic tumblers from Orange Julius, a brand started in Los Angeles in the 1920s.
- [In Los Angeles, Sriracha fans line up for the hottest tour in town] Although much of the ephemera and relics here have more to do with daily life than show business, this is Los Angeles, after all, and mixed in with the old menus of long-gone Chinese restaurants and issues of no-longer-in-print local magazines, are quite a few pieces that pertain to the entertainment industry.
- Among them: one of the genie lamps from “I Dream of Jeannie,” a conductor’s baton that belonged to Lawrence Welk, and even a sticker-covered door from the real childhood bedroom of actress Eve Plumb, who played Jan on “The Brady Bunch.” Valley Relics Museum A neon sign from the Palomino Club, the North Hollywood country music venue that once hosted performers such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Tanya Tucker.
- Of the thousands of artifacts displayed here, Gelinas says, it’s the extensive collection of electric and neon signs, some with graffiti still intact, that are the museum’s biggest draw.
- A neon sign from the now-defunct, iconic, Palomino Club, a famed North Hollywood country music venue that hosted talent such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Tanya Tucker, is a crowd favorite, he reports.
- The capsule collection includes everything from uniforms, signed baseballs, a few scripts and a telegram to two of the film’s young stars from Walter Matthau, who played “Bears” coach Morris Buttermaker.