SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: THE FIRST INFOMERCIAL

Here’s a twenty or so minute travelogue made in the mid 1950s showing off the Southern California ‘lifestyle’ before that last word was invented. It’s in color, has nice shots of the usual spots and is otherwise unremarkable, though a perfectly pleasant way to waste twenty or so minutes. If I think it so ‘meh’ then why, you may ask, am I posting it? Because I wasted twenty or so minutes watching it so why shouldn’t you?

By the way, why did the pronunciation of Los Angeles used to be Los ANGLE-US? And why did it change? I think I prefer it the old way. More muscular, less smushy. It’s the ‘Dragnet’ pronunciation so perhaps it was dropped when Jack Webb went out of fashion.

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