pioneers through the ages

PIONEERS THROUGH THE AGES: BILLIE HOLIDAY

Billie Holiday shook up the jazz world by bringing a rougher, leisurely tone to a style that was conventionally bright and upbeat. Her voice had a deeply emotional expression that was refreshing to industry ears. By the time she was 18, she had already cut her first album.

Holiday defined an easily recognizable style for herself on stage and off. Along with her blues-influenced affectation, the singer’s “statement piece” accessories became known as her signature look. From exotic flowers pinned behind the ear to oversized and glamourous jewelry, Holiday took the lounge singer style and made it iconic.

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Mark Twain – Daytime

Mark Twain – Nighttime

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Ranch

Shootin’ Exposition

Sailing Ship Columbia

Rancho del Zocalo

The Golden Horseshoe

And here we end our visual tour through the land of pioneers, haunted railroads, sharpshooters of all ages, and exploding goats. As ever, thanks for hanging around these parts with me! This was a fun one…

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PIONEERS THROUGH THE AGES: ED ROTH

After juggling around different jobs, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth emerged out of the 50s as a man of his own creation, a hybrid hot rod customizer-slash-cartoonist. Big Daddy jumpstarted the Kustom Kulture movement of the 50s and 60s. He worked out of his garage using junkyard parts and fiberglass, proving that creativity, passion, and elbow grease could be just as useful as a certificate in automobile engineering. The graphics he sketched to support his business were wily, irreverent, and cartoonish; grotesque but iconic, his style became madly popular by spreading the message that “Weird” is okay. So thanks, Big Daddy, for keeping your style authentic, making weird cool, and putting out some really rad cars.

PIONEERS THROUGH THE AGES: MISTER FREEDOM

The idea of the American Dream still lives on today, and it can be found in one Christophe Loiron, aka vintage store owner “Mister Freedom.” Born in France, Mister Freedom left his home country to go west - to Hollywood, CA, to be precise. His retail space is held in high regard by collectors, artists, vintage aficionados, and Hollywood's elite.  His clothing, shoes, accessories, books, decor, and more all live up to the authenticity of their respective eras, as Mister Freedom himself wears and “test drives” every outfit before it makes the cut. When it comes to Authentic American Style, Mister Freedom is a purist at his best.

PIONEERS THROUGH THE AGES: JACK KEROUAC

In a season ripe for travel and exploration, we look to Jack Kerouac, author of the classic American novel, On The Road. More than just a roadtrip story, Kerouac wrote about the quest for individualism when the 40s and 50s praised conformity. He fathered Beat culture, inspiring a group of writers and youths who fought the norm and innovated style across all genres. Speaking of style, Kerouac had it. His personal aesthetic mirrored the men he wrote about: casual, utilitarian, and ready for adventure.