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This Month's Meeting:

The Diary of Vilma

The Lost History of the Clifton's Cafeteria Camera Girls

Monday, March 19th 7:00pm
La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living
At the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta

If you live in Southern California, you're likely familiar with the iconic Clifton's Cafeteria located in downtown Los Angeles. However, most people don't know that from 1945-1959 Clifton's had a full-fledged professional photo studio operating out of their basement. "Keepsake Photography" employed a team of Camera Girls who would roam around the themed dining rooms with their cameras offering to take your "Souvenir Photo" as a memento of your visit to this wildly popular eatery and tourist destination. Miriam & Victoria are the daughters of Vilma, one of the original Clifton's Camera Girls. They recently discovered their mother's diaries which she wrote while working at Clifton's in the 1950's, along with hundreds of her never before seen original photographs.

The diaries and photographs tell the lost Vintage L.A. story of the photo studio, and about a sassy, fiercely independent girl named Vilma who became one of the most successful camera girls up at Clifton's. She even invented a way to become the star of YOUR very own souvenir photo! Sadly, her ambitious aspirations for success eventually led her down a criminal path…. and into the office of Clifford Clinton. Come to the talk for all of this, and to find out if Vilma escapes with her good name!

Coming Events:


Theodore Payne Native Plant

Nursery Tour

Wednesday March 21st at 10AM.
Theodore Payne Nursery is located at
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley
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The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers was established in 1960 to carry on the legacy of Theodore Payne, a pioneering Los Angeles Nurseryman, horticulturist and conservationist widely considered to be the father of the native plant movement in California. Their headquarters is located on 22 acres in La Tuna Canyon, where they have a full-service native plant nursery, seed room, book store, art gallery, demonstration gardens and hiking trails. We'll get a guided tour of the nursery and learn about native plants.

Regular meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the the Center for Spiritual Living, formerly known as the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science located at the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta.

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