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Renate and Ray Casser at home in The Rodeo Grounds

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Renate (1939-2022) and Ray Casser (b. 1934) were both from Westphalia, Germany. Ray, a gardener, moved to Topanga Canyon Lane in Lower Topanga in 1960. Renate, a nanny, married him a short time after. They moved to higher ground in The Rodeo Grounds…

Robert Campbell and Pablo Capra, The Rodeo Grounds

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Robert Campbell (1951-2004) shows Pablo Capra his graphic novel On a Purple Spiral Floating in The Rodeo Grounds in 2002, the year they cofounded Brass Tacks Press. Capra celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2022 by publishing Robert Campbell:…

First Topanga Gymkhana, 1956

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The first Topanga Gymkhana was a horse show at the Topanga Riders Club arena, near The Outside Inn.

Paul Dubosclard print, Topanga postcards, uncut sheet

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This uncut proof sheet includes the prints...

TOP ROW:
Sycamore Lodge, Clouds over Topanga, Evening Fog, Sunset on the Pacific, Topanga Post Office
BOTTOM ROW:
Poplars, Winter in Fernwood, Richard Dix House, Christmas Holly, North Canyon

Paul Dubosclard print "Court House Arcade" (Santa Barbara)

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (female)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mexican Officer 1822"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Trapper 1830"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo 1542"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "St. Francisco de Asis"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mission Indians"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Vaquero"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "California Indian"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (male)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Don José"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Free Americans Gallery of Art sign

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Musician Ed Lewis (Juma Sultan) opened The Free Americans Gallery of Art on 252 Old Topanga Canyon Rd. in September 1965. It showed psychedelic art.

Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana award, 1956

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Dale Smith, 13, won this second-place award in the "Speed and Action" event at the Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana. The red ribbon has gold lettering and a picture of a horse. Dale also won first place in the "Stake Race."

From "The Topanga…

Building Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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The chain gang (prison road workers) build the S-Turns of Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook

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Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook. The grocery store advertises, "You don't get soaked here."

Potter's Topanga Trading Post

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A Christmas card showing Charlie Potter and Eleanor Potter in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post.

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle, with the post office, and Old Topanga Canyon in the background.

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle, with the post office. Old Topanga Canyon is in the background.

Peter York and Lee Rogich on a motorcycle

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Peter York and girlfriend Lee Rogich, from Tucson, Arizona, on a motorcycle on Colina Dr.

Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

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Film director Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

Brothers John, Jim, and Peter York play in the snow

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Brothers John York, Jim York, and Peter York play in the snow on Colina Dr. with an unknown boy on the left.

Brothers Peter, John, James, and Andrew York

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Brothers Peter York, John York, James York, and Andrew York at home on Colina Dr.

Topanga Ladies, 1958

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"Topanga Ladies and Lassies Score Triumph as Fashion Models at Show Here"

Norah DeWitt, Judy Piner, Rebel Raymond, Betty Douphner, Miriam Oberg, Dorothy Boehme, May Lewis, Nell Laymen, Lee Segler, Miss Barbara Juday, Miss Carol Esparza

C. R. Tracy Insurance ad: "Are you fully covered?"

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A fireman is excited to find a nude woman after breaking down her door and interrupting her shower. "Are you fully covered?" asks this advertisement for General Insurance by C. R. Tracy, Topanga's District Agent. Topanga 2563.

Topanga Canyon Video ad: "The store with a talking gorilla!"

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Coming Soon! Topanga Canyon Video. Rentals, Sales, Fun. The only video store with a talking gorilla! 369 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard, in the Philips Realty Building next to Rainbow Village.

John Bonnell's barn and stone house

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A barn is in the foreground. A car is parked, at right, beside John Bonnell's stone house, hidden by a shadow, in Old Topanga Canyon. The Palmaymesa family lived in the house on the hill.

John Bonnell's stone house

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John Bonnell's stone house is on the left, as seen from Old Topanga Canyon Road. Caretakers Bert and Mary Palmaymesa lived in the house on the hill.

Old Topanga Canyon Road passes vineyard and stone house

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A white awning is attached to the back of John Bonnell's stone house, at right. Old Topanga Canyon Road passes by the apple orchard that replaced Frederico Mazet’s vineyard.

Old Topanga Canyon, 1922

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Panorama of Old Topanga Canyon looking towards Saddle Peak.

Bert and Mary Palmaymesa

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Bertrand “Bert” (1887-1977) and Mary Palmaymesa (1895-1967) grew up together in Calabasas. In the 1920s, they were the caretakers of John Bonnell's stone house in Old Topanga Canyon, where they raised a family.

Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park, circa 1926

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Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park (now Bonnell Park) in Old Topanga Canyon, circa 1926.

Frederico Joseph Mazet's restored vineyard

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A deer passes by homesteader Frederico Joseph Mazet's 19th-century vineyard (recently restored) and winery in Old Topanga Canyon.

The opening of Topanga's road from the Valley to the beach

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On May 29, 1915, the Automobile Club of Southern California celebrated the opening of Topanga's road from the San Fernando Valley to the beach. "The dreamer of the dream," H. J. Whitley, was the host at a "mammoth barbecue to an assembly of 5,000…

Gym for the Mind ad: "Dumbbells for weak, books for dumb."

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David Esser's Gym for the Mind operated at the Topanga Turnout from 1988-1990, then moved to Woodland Hills. It advertised, "Dumbbells for the weakling and books for the dumbbell. A gym, a bookstore, a vegetable garden, and people to think with!"…

Paul Dubosclard print "The Spring Grade"

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"The Spring Grade" by Paul Dubosclard is a silk-screen print of the S-Turns. "Noel" is the Christmas edition.

Don Hilston and Michael Horse in Pine Tree Circle

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Don Hilston and Michael Horse in Pine Tree Circle. Don Hilston was a contractor who leased space in the Messenger office. Michael Horse was a jeweler who leased Jon Raymond's old studio, and an actor whose first roles were: as himself in the…

Ed Cummings ran the Enco gas station at Fernwood

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Ed Cummings ran the Enco gas station at Fernwood in the late 1960s, and organized the Strawberry Festival. He lived in Greenleaf Canyon.

Jack Jr., Marvin, and Gail Dunphy

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Jack Jr., Marvin, and Gail Dunphy. Marvin coached the Olympic volleyball team that won a gold medal in 1988. Gail was a mail carrier for the Malibu Post Office. Their father Jack Dunphy Sr. ran the Topanga Fixit appliance and machinery repair store…

Louise York, editor of The Topanga Story

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Louise York, editor of a historical book called The Topanga Story, outside her home. York has a stunning view of the canyon from her hilltop dwelling. A former journalist, York spent months combing shelves, files, and boxes for material and…

Regina Rosa, owner of Topanga Kids clothing store

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Regina Rosa, owner of Topanga Kids clothing store, shows off one of her bubble guns.

Rose Wiley

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Rose Wiley, granddaughter of Francisco Trujillo, one of Topanga's first homesteaders, walks among the mustard plants on her property.

Cosmo's thrift store

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Cosmo's thrift store, in the Pine Tree Circle, had no name. Cosmo sold everything from old jewelry to used, patched blue jeans. He arrived in California from Texas, in 1959.

Topanga's Eighth Grade Graduates, 1946

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Topanga's Eighth Grade Graduates. With 19 members the Class of 1946 was one of the largest and most promising ever to be graduated from the Canyon school. Left to right—Standing: Mrs. Elva Sigrist, principal; Robert Winton, Larry Allen, Dale Cutter,…

Civilian Conservation Corps camp

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From 1933 to 1938, part of the Cheney Ranch, at the west end of Callon Drive, was leased for a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a federal government agency that hired unemployed young men to do public conservation work. In Topanga,…

Civilian Conservation Corps camp

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From 1933 to 1938, part of the Cheney Ranch, at the west end of Callon Drive, was leased for a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a federal government agency that hired unemployed young men to do public conservation work. In Topanga,…