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Saturday’s adventure – part two – South Pasadena


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We hopped on the train to South Pasadena after visiting the Southwest Museum. See previous Part One post here.

From the Foothill Gold Line website: “Astride-Aside”: A larger-than-life walking man stands as an icon atop formidable granite cubes at the entrance to this station. Made of annealed bronze strips that have been welded over a supporting armature to create a woven latticed form, the figure represents a unique community that is determined to move forward in its own distinct way.


south pasadenaIt was still rather a gloomy Southern California day but the six of us were managing to have fun anyway!

south pasadenaG had researched a place to eat, Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, in business since 1915 and located on historic Route 66 no less! It was restored in the early 1990s to its original turn-of-the-century splendor.

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Not one to break with tradition I first had to visit the restroom. While waiting I noticed this wonderful ice cream sundae curtain.

 was restored in the early 1990s to its original turn-of-the-century splendor

The ceiling decorations caught my attention. Where else are you going to find Japanese lanterns and plastic vines but in a vintage pharmacy?

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Everything you could possibly hope to find is in this place.

south pasadenaYup, the soda fountain.

We had sit down service and I immediately spied the Tuna Melt on the menu. Excuse me, the California Melt! Why is it California? You get ten points if you guess before I type it…. running out of time… okay, it has AVOCADO! What could be better than a tuna melt than a tuna melt with avocado, I ask…. nothing!

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Don’t really think this was a working popcorn machine, do you? But look at those classic Coke bottles on top. Growing up in England I never had the opportunity to become addicted to that stuff and I feel fortunate!

south pasadenaOkay, I had to take my selfie…

south pasadenaG had noticed this museum when we left the train station so we had to investigate. The building was first a grocery store and hotel, then later it was modified into a blacksmith and iron works shop. Today it serves as the South Pasadena Historical Museum. south pasadena

south-pasadena-020715-015-C-850pxThis wonderful organ once graced the endangered Rialto Theatre and it is hoped that when the theatre is restored the organ can once again be placed there. Yes, that’s an ostrich you see poking his head into the picture. There was an ostrich farm in South Pasadena in the 1920s.

The docent at the museum was wonderful, answering our many questions.


Poster as a reminder of uglier times when Japanese Americans in World War II, including those who were born here, were rounded up and interned in camps, losing their homes and businesses.

And another wonderful day of exploring came to an end.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

17 thoughts on “Saturday’s adventure – part two – South Pasadena

  1. Beautiful colors and interiors, I’ve always thought that interiors were so difficult for me because of the ‘white balance’ issue, but all these images are really well exposed and have beautiful colors. I wonder whether you used flash or raised the ISO now. Aren’t those Canon camera’s so good? I have 2 of them.


  2. A colorful part two trip to the shops, Ros. I like the selfie! You showed us your English heritage by skipping “that stuff,” as you called it. 🙂


  3. Looks like you had fun.

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  4. Thanks for a terrific tour, Roslyn. I could spend hours in the soda fountain…what a cool place. Great pictures!


  5. Beautiful shop with character, ah you can have lunch at a pharmacy 😉
    I really like the Iron Works Museum architecture – reminds me of buildings in some cowboy/western movies…


    • Indah, the soda fountain at the pharmacy is an American phenomenon… I believe it originated with serving soda water which was supposed to be healthy… and then other beverages and food were added… but don’t quote me on this!


  6. I love of the Iron works museum arhitecture of the western movies great pictures!

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  7. I enjoyed that look back into a bygone era Roslyn, the soda fountain with the original seats is great.
    The ironworks must have been a small hotel in its original days by its size.


  8. I love love love Fair Oaks Pharmacy. I always go there to eat and relax before heading to places around LA. The man and his representation looks and sounds real cool. Nice post!


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