Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Old Palm Springs - again

Here's another picture of old Palm Springs - from the cars and dresses it looks like the 50's. On the left is the Desert Inn, such a beautiful place. Spanish style buildings, a quiet garden with huge bougainvillea bushes spilling over the walls. In the 60's the wall in front was built up and it became the phone company, then it was torn down and replaced by a very ugly bank. The street in the picture is Palm Canyon, the main drag; across from the Desert Inn was Bookland, where you could get all the cool posters. Psychedelic peace signs, "What if they gave a war and nobody came", and my favorite - Wile E. Coyote choking the Roadrunner. Palm Canyon was a nice place to walk on warm evenings, often the shops would stay open and the window shopping was always affordable.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Old Palm Springs

I like to collect old post cards - this is one from my Palm Springs collection. This is Liberace's home in Las Palmas in the 1950's early 60's. I think this is the house with the pink and black kitchen; we used to have a pink stove - with push button controls and a 50's convertible with a push button gear shift. So modern. He moved from this house to a spanish style home surrounded by a wall - very private. Every Christmas he would put his light-up Liberace over the gate, it was like a plastic light-up Santa except it was a picture of Liberace in a sparkely outfit smiling and waving.