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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Museum Exhibit: Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

The Museum SFV is pleased to announce a new exhibit called Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

In the late 1930’s, an international casting call brought talented dwarves from around the world to Los Angeles to make “The Wizard of Oz” and a lot of them stayed.  Often in Burbank, groups of little people would socialize at the original Bob’s Big Boy and hold events in the surrounding areas and parks.


This exhibit, inspired by Ryan Steven Green, who created a documentary called “The Hollywood Shorties,” explores through photos, artifacts and film clips the joy, excitement, poignancy and societal contributions of the players of the first professional sports team ever created entirely of little people. 



Billy Barty (vaudeville entertainer, film actor, LPA activist) and Jerry Maren (the “Lollipop Kid” The Wizard of Oz”) formed The Hollywood Shorties baseball team in 1949, just after WWII.


The Hollywood Shorties was originally a team of actors and stuntman ranging from 3’5’’ and 4’9” who played charitable baseball games against celebrities and faculties of high schools primarily across the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. In the 1970’s The Shorties introduced basketball to their fans and found themselves in great demand by NBA teams, often playing mini-games for the NBA game crowds at half-time.  

The exhibit opens on June 28th and there will be a VIP reception on Saturday, July 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Some members of the Hollywood Shorties and executives of the Little People of America are expected to attend. RSVP on EventBrite or by contacting Jackie Langa at The Museum at 818-347-9665 or jackie.langa@TheMuseumSFV.org.


The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Ste. 204, Northridge, CA 91324. For more information, please visit www.TheMuseumSFV.org.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pacific Electric Railway and the Red Car; nice article on history of valley transportation

Pacific Electric Railway and the Red Car - what a history. What memories for all that rode these cars to and from Los Angeles and through parts of the valley.

Please read this terrific article by Olga Grigoryants of the Los Angeles Daily News (LINK HERE).





A few factoids about the Pacific Electric:

1911 - Pacific Electric Railway Company begins service to the Valley

The car line was approximately 19-miles operating from Los Angeles along Chandler Boulevard, curling north up Van Nuys Blvd. to Sherman Way. The line later ran to the areas known today as Reseda and Canoga Park.

1913 - more than 368,000 passengers boarded the line.

1926 - passengers totaled one million.

Late 1940s - after WWII, the Pacific Electric popularity began to decline.

1963 -the last Red Car line was taken down.