Nothing to see here…

Show&Tell Tuesday came and went yesterday. Partly because I had nothing to show you. I was hoping people would send in pictures this week since I’m almost out of my things. I just got a new video in the mail today so I have something to show you to make up for yesterday. It’s a screen cap from an ABC Movie of the Week called “The Old Man Who Cried Wolf” (1970). In the picture you can see Shanghai Red’s in the background.

If you aren’t on Facebook, I posted a bunch of screen caps from another made-for-tv movie called ‘Mongo’s Back in town”. The wonderful thing about the filming in town, is that it shows us a window into San Pedro of yester-year. Mongo’s Back in Town and The Old Man Who Cried Wolf are both good examples of that because they were mainly shot downtown in the Beacon Street Redevelopment Area before it was razed.

I’d really like to keep Show&Tell Tuesdays going, so if you have anything you’d like to share, photos or even just stories, please submit them at


Show&Tell: Movie Ticket

I bought this ticket a few months ago at Threads of Time. It’s a ticket to a War Bond show on the 1st anniversary of D-Day. There was a big show put on at the theatre that included a special appearance by some men who had fought in the war overseas. The Warner Bros. San Pedro theatre was a Victory House during the war, a place where you could purchase the bonds. The movie played was “God is my Co-Pilot”. I found this ad for the show.

Show&Tell: Bradford's Paint & Hobby Headquarters

Our first Show ‘n’ Tell for today comes from SPBXB reader Michele (Shults) Orgel. Her family owned and operated Bradford’s on 6th. She sent in these pictures of the store from 1965. I do believe the store is now an art gallery/studio.

Michele shares some facts about the store:

Our family store was opened by my great-grandfather George Edward Bradford and his son Belton (Barney) Bradford in 1921. It was originally called: G.E.Bradford & Son, later called and known as “Bradford’s Paint & Hobby Headquarters” then, eventually as “Bradford’s”. The interior wall shelving, drawers, cabinets and display units were hand-made by talented wood-worker G. E. Bradford. Barney was a canvas and oil paint artist. Shortly after they married, my Father, Leonard (Len) Shults and my mother, Eleanor (Joyce) Bradford (both born in San Pedro, High School sweethearts and graduates of San Pedro High School) worked at the store and eventually took over the business when my grandfather Barney retired probably around 1962 or so.

My sister Janine and I (both born in San Pedro & graduated from San Pedro High School) “worked” at the store all of our lives, but I was officially on the payroll from age 15-18. Bradford’s was the only place at the time to get artists, school project, and hobbyist supplies as well as picture frames, professional matting and framing, and professional interior & exterior quality house paint, wall paper and supplies. Almost like an old-time general store. We also sold games and toys – especially during the holidays, but also to the seafarers who would come in port on large ships, from various places around the world, and want to buy hobbies and toys to entertain them on their long voyages, or to bring home when they returned to their families.

Show&Tell: Marineland Wallet

My final Show&Tell is this souvenir wallet from Marineland. I picked it up at an antique store a couple of years ago. Marineland was in Palos Verdes, but it holds such a special place in the hearts of San Pedrans.

As you can see, there isn’t much to sharing your stuff on Show ‘n’ Tell Tuesdays. All I need is a picture of what you’d like to share and a short explanation of what it is and maybe how it’s relevant to San Pedro history. And it doesn’t have to be an artifact, it could be a picture. I remember Mr. Rukavina telling me the story about his role in that famous Shanghai Red photo of a man being dragged out of the place. So send them on over, each picture is a short field trip down memory lane.

I am looking forward to getting your submissions. Don’t make me have to go buy some more things to show off, I’m already this close to being classified as a hoarder (hahaha).

Show&Tell: Centennial Plate

I got this at a “yard sale” at one of the art galleries on 6th for $5. It bears the centennial logo on it and I saw one inside a frame at the historical society but Ann couldn’t tell me who made them. Do you know anything about these metal plates?

Show&Tell: Dollar Buttons

I scored these buttons at the Historical Society rummage sale last year and they only cost me one dollar. I have to admit that I originally bought them for the biggest button only but now love them individually and have been known to take them out separately for a little air (on my jacket). Allow me to break them down for you…

Love John – This button is the only reason I bought the grab bag in the first place. I happened to stop at the rummage sale on my way to the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the John Olguin Citizen of the Century monument at Pt. Fermin Park. I thought, “How perfect would it be to wear this button to the ceremony?” So I did, because honestly, who doesn’t Love John? I actually got a lot of attention for it…and I was still pretty shy so it made me a little uncomfortable. One lady came up to me and told me that she should have that button because John Olguin saved her life. I couldn’t tell if she wanted me to give it to her or not so I just smiled and nodded. There was a photographer there who stuck his camera right in my face and snapped a picture. I doubt he could use it because I probably looked like I was going to die from awkwardness. I don’t know what occasion this pin was originally created for, but I’m glad I had it for this one.

I heart San Pedro – Self explanitory and it beats the pain of a tattoo. Maybe I’ll design a more modern one…

Fishermen’s Fiesta pins – I love the logo of the fish with the hat. It just makes me want to find my picture with Charlie Tuna. Good times.

Bye Bye Beacon – I can only imagine that these buttons were worn by people who were glad to see Beacon Street fall to the wrecking ball. Of all the buttons, this is the one I wear ironically because I think its a tragedy that we lost those buildings and the history that came with them. If I had my way and all the resources at my disposal, I would build a replica of the building fronts just to be able to see what it was like to walk on Beacon. I’m crazy.

Centennial Button – I don’t know who designed the centennial logo, but I do remember seeing it as a kid.

Warner Grand 70th Birthday Button – This is before I got involved with Grand Vision but I will definitely be involved next year for the 80th. Mark your calendars now!

New Segment: Show 'n' Tell Tuesdays!

Do you have a piece of San Pedro History hiding in your closet or garage? Perhaps an artifact or an old photo with a story to tell? Dig them out, dust them off and share them with your fellow San Pedrans near and far every Tuesday right here at SPBXB!

I am very excited to introduce a new segment called Show ‘n’ Tell Tuesdays. I’m sure you remember getting up in front of the chalkboard and sharing something special with your classmates. Well this is the same type of idea, except you don’t have to sweat getting up in front of the class and you’re sharing it with your neighbors. All you need to do is email me a picture and tell me about it and I’ll post them every Tuesday here on the website. If you have any questions or need help just send me an email, I’ll be posting some stuff I have to kick off this first Show ‘n’ Tell Tuesday.