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The Wan-Q Polynesian and Cantonese Restaurant we located on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles from the early 1950s until the Mid 1970s. This was a favorite of David Starkman and his family, and from 1955 to 1961 they lived just a few blocks away, and ate there at least twice a month or more. David was thrilled to see George Mann's beautiful 3-D photo the the restaurant in it's heyday!

  GEORGE MANN

1905-1977

George Mann was born on December 2, 1905 in Hollywood, California, as George Kline Mann.

 

He was an actor, known for Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933),  Neptune's Daughter (1949) and The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947). He was married to Barbara Bradford. He died on November 23, 1977 in Santa Monica, California.

George Mann was a prolific, excellent stereo photographer and inventor.  He shared his stereo slides in custom made, technically impressive viewers all over the country. Friends with Bill Lear, of later Lear Jet fame, the Lear, Inc. factory in Santa Monica provided George with all of the resources that he required to build his amazing  sequential stereo viewers.

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Woman in tiered blue dress standing next to Mann viewer 1950s by George Mann
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George Mann holding his No 1 Sequential stereo viewer built in June 1949 at Lear factory
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Born in Santa Monica in 1905, by his early 1920s George Mann was a vaudeville star as the hilariously taller half of the comedy dance team Barto & Mann. Dewey Barto [real name Dewey Smoyer and the pop of comedienne Nancy Walker] and George debuted their act on the west coast circuit in 1926 and by March 1927 were featured on the other Broadway, at New York's celebrated Palace Theatre.

Of their east coast debut, Zit's Theatrical Newspaper raved "Ten minutes before they went on at the Palace last Monday afternoon nobody thought very much about Barto & Mann; ten minutes after they came off stage, the whole Broadway world was talking about them… Acts like these only come along once in a while."

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George Mann 1961 with Lana Turner
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Appearing at L.A.'s Orpheum in March 1928, they were praised in the L.A. Times as "a knockout team," though their set at the Hillstreet the following month discomfited one reviewer: "The act presented by Barto & Mann was one of those hectic affairs in which the participants did everything from a climb up the proscenium arch to a near-back-flip into the orchestra pit. The excellence of the dancing and clowning in the early portions of the act led one to expect a much more worthwhile finale than the one offered, which, unfortunately, bordered plainly on vulgarity." 

One man's vulgarity is another's hilarity: scope out this rare filmed appearance, from the 1933 Texas Guinan vehicle "Broadway Through A Keyhole," and decide for yourself!
 

As Vaudeville faded, Barto & Mann joined the Broadway cast of Olson and Johnson's Hellzapoppin' (though they're not in the 1941 film), with featured billing from 1938 through 1942. The team split up in December 1943.

Around this time, George Mann married Powers Agency model Barbara Bradford and shot a series of film noir-inspired images of his young bride.

In his post-performance life, George Mann turned his imagination to entrepreneurial enterprise and professional photography, which brought him to Bunker Hill. In the late 1950s, when the neighborhood's days were known to be numbered, he arrived atop the peak with his camera to document some representative scenes, returning in November 1962 for additional shots.

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These never-before-published color images of old Bunker Hill were originally displayed in 3-D viewers of Mann's own design, which were leased to various Los Angeles businesses, including Hody's Drive-Ins, and other restaurants, bars and doctor's offices. Mann would swap out the photo selection regularly, so if these evocative scenes of Bunker Hill weren't available, one might peep at Calico Ghost Town, Catalina Island, Descanso Gardens, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Pacific Ocean Park, Watts Towers or Palm Springs.  

Wan-Q Restaurant on Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA
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Wan-Q Restaurant roof close-up on Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, CA

In his 3-Dimensional Bunker Hill set, created to distract anxious patients and hungry tourists, George Mann captured a seldom seen side of this lost Los Angeles neighborhood: the gracious avenues and genteel decay, the old people, their cats and their gardens, abandoned newspapers, vacant lots, the shadows and the sunlight. We are in his debt.

George Mann died in 1977, and his extraordinary photographic archives are currently being organized, scanned and made available for licensing. We trust you will enjoy these rediscovered images from old Bunker Hill from the George Mann Archives.

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Bartender throwing water in the air 1950s by George Mann
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Bartender dropping into the cash register 1950s by George Mann
Hollywood - Capitol Records and The Red Fox Restaurant by George Mann
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George Mann in baby costume 1961
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Lon Chaney, Jr and friends
March 1955 Allan Jones and a Jaguar  XK140
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Coincidentally, when I met David Starkman he, and his brother, had this empty cereal box on display, in their kitchen. We still own and treasure it.  2020 Photo by Susan Pinsky
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1960 Plaque at the base of Angels Flight, downtown Los Angeles, CA  by George Mann
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King Vitaman Face

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Watch him as King Vitaman on youtube:

The second mascot for King Vitaman cereal was a man dressed as a king. This mascot replaced the original illustrated king in 1971, only a year after the first mascot was introduced.

Playing the part of King Vitaman II was actor George Mann. It's interesting to note this mascot's crown made of golden spoons and a checkered tablecloth.

It's also amusing to look at pictures of King Vitaman II with the inside knowledge that the man who played him struggled with alcohol problems. Expert make-up artists were routinely called in to cover his red nose and brighten his tired, droopy eyes.

George Mann passed away in 1977. From cancer in Santa Monica. 

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1960 George Mann Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles, CA  Angels Flight  

Introduction to

George Mann's Legacy
by Susan Pinsky and David Starkman

We never met George Mann. He died in November of 1977.

 

However, shortly after his passing he became a part of our 3-D lives.

In December of that year we went to a "Swap Meet" in the Los Angeles area. When we were looking around, at one point we saw a small box-shaped item with what looked like stereoscopic viewer lenses sticking out of it. Our hearts started to pound. 

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Title Sign set up image by George Mann
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Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy (Candice Bergen's brother) by George Mann
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Overlooking Hollywood Freeway by George Mann
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Biffs restaurant with Mercury car 1950s by George Mann
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Clarence Brown, film director Aug 1961 Palm Desert by George Mann

The seller explained to us that it was made by a neighbor of his who had passed away. We were able to open it up, to look inside, and could see that it had a rotating drum that would hold a dozen Stereo Realist size slides, held in place by a thick rubber band made from a tire tube. It had an electric motor to rotate the slide drum, and buttons on the front labeled "Hold to See" and "Press to Change".

The price was right, so we bought it right away. Then the seller told us he had more of these viewers in the garage of the man who had passed away. He told us the man's name was George Mann, and that he had made these viewers in the 1950s as a commercial enterprise. He also told us that George Mann had also been an actor, and was the model for "King Vitaman" on the cereal box. 

We made a date to meet at the garage some days later. The garage, located in Santa Monica, California, faced an alley. We met the seller out front, and then drove around to the garage. 

Inside there were about 35 of the same motorized 3-D sequential viewers. There were also pedestals, with cast iron bases, that the viewers could be mounted on, for viewing the slides while in a standing position. Everything was covered with a heavy layer of dust. 

By then we had cleaned up the first viewer that we had bought, figured out how it worked, and loaded it with a dozen slides. While not easy to install the slides, once in place it turned out to be a very nice motorized sequential 3-D slide viewer! So we knew that we could do something with all of these viewers, if we could get them at a reasonable price. 

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Clarence Brown, film director Aug 1961 Palm Desert by George Mann
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Bob Hope at golf course in Palm Desert by George Mann
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Bill Lear - Tokio Flyers Club, Shadow Mountain Club, Palm Desert, April 1950 by George Mann
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George Mann May 1949 working on Telephone Answering device, probably with Bill Lear 
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In the end we bought all of the viewers. Because of their heavy weight and bulk, we only had the space in our car for one of the pedestals, which sank a couple feet deeply into the back seat of our car. It was a heavy item! (We found out later that the rest of the pedestals had been immediately sold as scrap metal).

Over the course of the next month we opened and cleaned all of the viewers, and tested them to be sure the motor was advancing the slide drum properly. Once that was done we put an illustrated ad in the February 1978 issue of "Reel 3-D News". We offered them at $40 each plus $4 shipping. 

They must have sold quickly, because we never placed a second ad to sell the viewers! 

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George Mann holding his LARGE sequential stereo slide viewer Feb 1950 Final Assembly
1977 Susan Pinsky with George Mann viewer in WLA apt by David Starkman
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Jimmy Doolittle - Tokio Flyers Club, Shadow Mountain Club, Palm Desert, April 1950
by George Mann
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The seller explained to us that George Mann had a business where he took 3-D slides of various scenic subjects, filled the viewers with images, and then rented them out to restaurants, doctors or dentists offices, bars, or other businesses to offer as a diversion while waiting for a table, or in the waiting room of an office. They were also used at Trade Shows. The viewers were designed to be mounted on the pedestals with a single hex bolt underneath. Every couple of weeks he would move each viewer from one location to the next, so that every location would have a fresh set of images for viewing every couple of weeks. 

George Mann example of the benefits of using stereo slides to show your product -
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1959 Corriganville CA May Western Stunt Scenes by George Mann
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1959 Corriganville CA  (as in "Crash" Corrigan) May by George Mann
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That was the last we knew of George Mann until 2012, after home computers, the Internet, and search engines like Google had become commonplace. 

One day Susan decided to do an Internet search on George Mann, and found a web site about George that had been created by the the Los Angeles Visionaries Association. It was aptly titled "George Mann's Lost Los Angeles".  It had a lot of fascinating information on George that we didn't know anything about, so we contacted the organization. 

Susan wrote to the contact information on that web site, explaining about the viewers that we had bought (we kept three for ourselves).

A lot of correspondence ensued. We learned that George had also become a commercial 3-D photographer in the early 1950s, and had taken thousands of 3-D Kodachrome slides (Realist format) of restaurants, coffee shops, car shows, home and business interiors, tourist attractions, nude studies, travel agencies, children, animals  and more.

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George Mann's 12 stereo slide sequential viewer being  utilized in a restaurant 
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1963 Pomona County Fair CA Cotton Candy lover by George Mann

George's son, Brad, and his wife Dianne, were living in Berkeley, CA at the time, and we happened to be going on a trip to that area. We made a date to visit them!

It turned out that they had all of his 3-D slides, including all of the many sets that had gone into the viewers that we had bought. They had licensed 2D versions of many of the slides to be used on greeting cards, and also had put many of them on the Internet. 

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When we brought up the subject of putting them on the Internet in 3-D, they didn't know how to do that.

 

Susan offered to scan them, and make side-by-side digital versions of them (along with other variations of 3-D formats, for other uses. Over the span of a few years, they sent us small groups of slides, which Susan scanned, re-formated, made a disk for them, and sent them right back.

In November 2012 we were asked to contribute to a presentation at the Los Angeles Public Library downtown LA. 

The description of the show was: "The Los Angeles Visionaries Association and On Bunker Hill time travel blog in association with the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and Photo Friends present George Mann's Lost Los Angeles , a celebration of a newly-discovered treasure trove of mid-century photographs captured by the one-time Vaudeville dance sensation, and projected for the first time tonight in stunning 3-D Kodachrome. Join us as historian Richard Schave (Esotouric) and Nathan Marsak (On Bunker Hill) contextualize the places, 3-D experts Susan Pinsky and David Starkman (Reel 3-D) demystify the format's history and technology, and Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison takes us on a virtual tour of his beloved neighborbood, while Dianne Woods shares the story of her father-in-law George Mann's life and her work with his best images."

It was a fun opportunity to show these remarkable stereo images, that you're seeing here of the old Bunker Hills region, before it was bull-dozed down and remade into tall buildings. 

According to Wikipedia, "in 1955, Los Angeles city planners decided that Bunker Hill required a massive slum clearance project. The Health department of Los Angeles also called the area a health hazard for its city. This led to the displacement of many families and removal of many of the low income residents of the area.

The redevelopment was slated to preserve the historical buildings of Bunker Hill, but instead they were demolished since there was no actual rehabilitation planned." 

Fortunately, George Mann documented some of what still remained before it was lost forever. Bunker Hill today bears no resemblance at all to it's original residential Victorian glory.

 

Thankfully George Mann documented many of the beautiful old residences before they were demolished. I am happy to include a few of the images here.

 

To see more of his other images in 3-D, please go to: 

George Mann's 3-D Images of Los Angeles coffee shops & restaurants from 1950s & 60's:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/35865984@N00/albums/72157632946414556


George Mann's 3-D Images of 1959 Corriganville, CA:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/35865984@N00/albums/72157632945124316


George Mann's 3-D Images of the Pomona County Fair in Los Angeles in the 1950's:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/35865984@N00/albums/72157632942306275


George Mann's 3-D Images of the Los Angeles International Airport LAX in 1962:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/35865984@N00/albums/72157632942375937
 

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1963 Pomona County Fair CA by George Man
1963 Pomona County Fair CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Station Los Angeles by Geoge
1962 Dodger Station Los Angeles by Geoge
1962 Dodger Station Los Angeles by Geoge
1962 Dodger Station Los Angeles by Geoge
1962 Dodger Station Los Angeles by Geoge
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1962 Dodger Stadium stands by George Man
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1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann

List of Viewer Header Signs

SOUTHERN CALIF TOURIST LOCATIONS:
Arboretum: Lucky Baldwin's Queen   Ann Cottage, Arcadia, CA 
Chinatown, Los Angeles
Corriganville: Movie Stunt Art
Death Valley
Descanso Gardens, La Canada
Disneyland, CA 
Griffith Park
Huntington Estate: Desert Gardens
Laguna
La Jolla, CA 
Lake Arrowhead, CA
Los Angeles County Fair
Mission San Fernando, CA
Newport Harbor, CA
Olvera Street, Los Angeles 
Palomar, Road to: San Diego, CA
Point Loma, San Diego, CA
Salton Sea
San Diego, CA
San Fernando Valley, CA
San Gabriel Mission
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa's Village
UCLA

NORTHERN CALIF TOURIST LOCATIONS:
Bay Cruise, San Francisco
Big Sur, CA
Childrens Fairyland, Oakland, CA
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Hi-Sierra Country
Monterey, First Capital of California
Redwoods
San Francisco Landmarks 
San Simeon, CA
 

OTHER STATES:
Cedar Breaks, UT
Hawaii
Kansas Flat Lands, Wichita
Kauai: The Garden Isle, Hawaiian Islands - photography by Gordon Weir
Lake Powell, Utah
Las Vegas, NV
Lost Valley of the Goblins, Utah - photography by Gordon Weir
Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ - photos by Tommy Thomas
Red Bluffs of Sedona, AZ - photos by Tommy Thomas
Reno, NV 
San Antonio Mission, TX 
Tombstone, AZ - the town without life
Waikiki, Hawaii - the beach of 
Yellowstone Park - Photos by Rex Wilson
Zion National Park, Utah

FOREIGN COUNTRIES:
Ensenada, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico
Nassau, Capital City of British Bahamas
Okinawa, Japan - photography by Ed V. Tynan
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Good Neighbor Land, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Punta  Penasco, Mexico
Tiajuana, Mexico


OTHER ODD TITLES:
Circus Clown Alley
Dogs Day
Flower Show
Garden Rainbow
Harvest Time
Here, There and Everywhere
Junior Citizens
Silouettes

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1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
1962 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CA by George Mann
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1949 Walter Brennan at home in June by George Mann
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1955 Boulevard Camera display of 3-D sequential viewers in Santa Monica by George Mann
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1955 Three 3-D Viewers for convention display by George Mann
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1955 Three 3-D Viewers for convention display by George Mann
1955 Three 3-D Viewers for convention display by George Mann
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George Mann's 12 stereo slide sequential viewer being  utilized in a restaurant 
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George Mann's 12 stereo slide sequential viewer images of Heinie Brock's travels
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George Mann's 12 stereo slide sequential viewer being  utilized in a trade show
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George Mann's 12 stereo slide sequential viewer was produced and assembled
at the Lear, Inc. factory in Santa Monica, CA 
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George Mann sequential stereo slide viewer Aug 1953 Do it Yourself Show
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George Mann viewers Aug 1953 with images of Tempest Storm, the famous stripper,
and Pete at El Rey Theater
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1950 Feb Stereo Slide Sequential Viewer -Result of a Years Work at Lear, Inc by George Mann
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1950 Feb Stereo Slide Sequential Viewer -Ross Stewart with viewer pattern by George Mann
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1964 Lear Jet Factory in Santa Monica with Lear Jet in foreground by George Mann
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1958 Pasadena CA Rose Parade by George Mann 
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Norms coffee shop Open 24 Hrs neon lights multi-exposure 1960's by George Mann
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Bob' Big Boy coffee shop neon lights multi-exposure 1960's by George Mann
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The Penguin coffee shop Never Closes neon lights multi-exposure 1960's by George Mann
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Uncle John's Pancake House by George Mann
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United Pacific Railroad billboard on Pacific Coast Highway by George Mann
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1963 Pomona County Fair CA by George Man
1963 Pomona County Fair CA by George Mann
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1955 Boulevard Camera Store in Santa Monica CA - George Mann Sequential Stereo Viewer on display by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 La Paz Bolivia May - Marlin catch by George Mann
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1959 Whales washed up on the beach in La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 Funny hats in La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1959 People standing on the whales that are washed up on the beach in La Paz Bolivia in May by George Mann
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1959 Modern DC-3 Airliner in La Paz Bolivia May by George Mann
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1949 Sequential Stereo Slide viewer moldings at Lear, Inc. by George Mann
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1949 George Mann possibly working on stereo slide viewers at Lear, Inc. by someone else
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1955 Ted's Grill with Ted, the owner, by George Mann
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Hyatt House parties by George Mann
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1949 Oct 9 San Francisco by George Mann
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1954 San Francisco cable car in May by George Mann
1949 Columbus Day parade Oct 9 Pat and Wayne Morris San Francisco CA by George Mann
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1960 Trampolines by George Mann
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1960 Trampoline Row by George Mann
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1960 Trampolines by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft interior by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft at PacAero Santa Monica by George Mann
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1962 Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft at PacAero Santa Monica by George Mann
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1962 Couple posing with Grumman Gulfstream G-159 executive aircraft by George Mann
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1960 Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles by George Mann
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1960 Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles by George Mann
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1960 Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles by George Mann
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1960 Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles by George Mann
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1960 Bunker Hill downtown Los Angeles by George Mann
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1949 The Bacons by George Mann
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1949 Amigo in LaPaz, Mexico by George Mann
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1961 Lana Turner and George Mann
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1961 Friends and special friend Lana Turner June by anon
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1964 George Mann selling prints in Santa Monica, CA
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 
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1959 Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia in Watts, Los Angeles by George Mann 

The Watts Towers were built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia on his triangular lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts over the course of 33 years. Rodia began work on The Watts Towers around 1921. Work continued until 1954 when the structures were declared by their creator to be finished. They're still there and well worthy of a visit when in Los Angeles. 

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1954 Ice Follies by George Mann 
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1954 Ice Follies by George Mann 
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1954 Ice Follies costume design and creation by George Mann 
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1954 Ice Follies costume design and creation by George Mann 
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