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Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils at Topanga Beach

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Topanga Scout Post 220, Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils.


, organizers Bill Sloan, left, Ray Hoover, right

Topanga Sea Scouts

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In 1947, Topanga Sea Scouts were awarded the ship "Pelete" for winning the scout regatta. Co-skippers Chuck Russell, Fireman Robert Etz, and Fire Captain Desmond Barton stand uniformed in foreground.

Jack Rice sits on the hearth of a fireplace he built

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Stonemason Jack Rice sits on the hearth of a fireplace he built for Carl and Leta Malone on Amy Way in 1981.

"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher

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"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher. This clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle was owned by J. R. Ball.

Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday

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Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday in Hondo Canyon. Sunday was on the small side and crazy wild. Lannis was the only one who could ride her.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out

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Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out in a flood near the AmeriGas office. This photo appears to be shot from the patio of the Topanga Fish Market.

Riding horses in Topanga Creek

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Riding horses in Topanga Creek, in the Rodeo Grounds.

Three Dolphin Inn

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The Three Dolphin Inn restaurant was in the former building of The Discovery Inn. Owner Allen Emerson stands at right.

J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads

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J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton were arrested in Old Topanga Canyon. "Sadly, the incident marked the end of Buffalo Springfield... after the Topanga drug bust they split up for good."

Fred Tackett and Little Feat

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Fred Tackett and Little Feat play music at a TASC fundraiser at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Writer Al Martinez in his home office

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Writer Al Martinez in his home office. He moved to Topanga in 1972, and became a popular columnist for the "Los Angeles Times."

Carolyn See, John Espey, and Lisa See Kendall are honored

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Carolyn See, John Espey, and Lisa See Kendall receive commendations from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley for "outstanding achievements in the writing of 'Lotus Land,' detailing the history of L.A."

The historic property at 154-156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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The historic property at 154-156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. was developed in the 1930s by druggist Henry L. Wilson and his novelist wife Louise Stinetorf. In the 1960s, it was home to folk musician Rich Dehr, his wife Marge, and their Discovery Inn…

Journalist Louise Larsen

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Journalist Louise Larsen was probably the first Chinese-American woman to report for a major newspaper in the USA. She worked at the "Los Angeles Record," "San Francisco Times," "Chicago Times," "Los Angeles Daily News," and "Evening Outlook." Her…

Vance Hoyt and his gray fox

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Vance Hoyt wrote his popular novel "Silver Boy" about the wild gray fox that learned to sleep by the hearth of his Bonnell Park home.

The Topanga Community Players in "Jesus Christ Superstar"

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Jane MacAllister leads the Topanga Community Players in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," performed at Topanga Days.

Ellen Geer and mother Herta Ware

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Ellen Geer, artistic director of the Theatricum Botanicum, and mother Herta Ware stand by "Woody's Shack," once home to Woody Guthrie.

The Geer sisters: Melora, Ellen, and Kate

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The Geer sisters: Melora, Ellen (standing), and Kate in Anton Chekhov's play "Three Sisters," performed at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Ellen Geer in "The Tempest"

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Actors Will Geer and Ellen Geer as Prospero and Miranda in William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," performed at the Theatricum Botanicum.

The Theatricum Botanicum company

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The Theatricum Botanicum company. Actor and founder Will Geer stands at center.

The Geer family

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The Geer family: Melora Marshall, Herta Ware, Ellen's baby Megan Geer-Alsop, Kate's daughter Kelly, Ellen, Kate, and Will Geer.

Norm Karlin rents out his place for film shoots

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Norm Karlin rents out his place for film shoots. (He often lets students use it for free.)

Billy Portman, Sara Baur, and Urs Baur

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Emcee Billy Portman, Sara Baur, and Urs Baur. The Baurs founded the Topanga Film Festival in 2004.

Director of photography John Penner

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Director of photography John Penner holds a clapperboard on the set of the mystery/medical drama TV show "Quincy." Penner probably worked longer in film and TV than any other Topangan.

Producer Agi Orsi

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Producer Agi Orsi's film "Dogtown and Z-Boys" became a critical favorite in 2001.

Filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper

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Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Trent and director David Kasper.

Performance artist Kedric Wolfe

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Performance artist Kedric Wolfe, wearing angel wings, took a leading role in Topanga, on and offstage.

Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

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Director/producer Frank Lloyd's house and property on Colina Drive, part of the old Joe Robison homestead.

Charlie Chaplin with Topanga cameraman Roland Totheroh

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Charlie Chaplin with Topanga cinematographer Roland Totheroh (far right) and assistant cameraman Jack Wilson on the set of the silent film Gold Rush in Truckee, CA.

Roland Totheroh, Charlie Chaplin's cameraman

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Cinematographer Roland Totheroh built a two-room cabin next to the creek on South Topanga Canyon Blvd. in 1923, while working on silent films with actor Charlie Chaplin.

Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit

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A father and son pose in front of the Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit.

Western movie stars at the Topanga Post Office

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Western movie stars at the Topanga Post Office in the Pine Tree Circle. In the center of the group are Tom Mix and Mary Pickford. Richard Dix was probably also in this unknown silent film.

Richard Dix's house on Saddle Peak

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Western movie star Richard Dix's house, a 15-room mansion with an ocean view built in 1929.

Sugar Plum Fairies in The Nutcracker

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Sugar Plum Fairies dance in the 20th anniversary performance of the Topanga Nutcracker Ballet.

Sherry and Bob Jason dancing in The Nutcracker

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Sherry and Bob Jason, founders of the Topanga Nutcracker ballet.

Chevy Metal

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The Chevy Metal band at Abuelitas restaurant: Taylor Hawkins (also in the Foo Fighters), Achim "Dange" St. Dangersfield, and Wiley Hodgden.

Mystic Journey

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The Mystic Journey band: Gary Coleman, Suzanne Teng, Aziz Paige, Michael Dwyer, dancer Katyia, Howard.

Colin Hay and Cecilia Noel at Froggy's

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Colin Hay (of the band Men at Work) and Cecilia Noel play music at a benefit for Children's Corner at Froggy's restaurant.

The Grateful Dads

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The Grateful Dads band, composed of local dads: unknown, Herb Engelhardt, Tom Mitchell, Wally High.

Billy Preston

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Musician Billy Preston often donated his services for local fundraisers.

Fred Tackett plays at The Corral

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Fred Tackett plays at The Corral. He joined Little Feat after the death of Lowell George.

Neil Young

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Neil Young lived in Topanga with his band Buffalo Springfield.

Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon

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Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon, at artists Cy and Vera Wood's stone house.

Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral

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Canned Heat singer Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral nightclub.

Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper

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Children's music star Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Herta Ware

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Will Geer and Herta Ware sing at their Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and his family

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Will Geer and his family at the Theatricum Botanicum: Herta Ware, Peter Alsop, Melora Marshall, Will Geer, Ellen Geer

Folk musician Burl Ives

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Folk musician Burl Ives was a regular at the Theatricum Botanicum.

"Woody Guthrie," a drawing by Bob DeWitt

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"Woody Guthrie," a drawing of the folk musician in Topanga Canyon by Bob DeWitt.

The Job cafe

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The Job was the hippest cafe around. Owner Bob DeWitt sits with his back to the camera.

The Canyon Capers Jug Band

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The Canyon Capers Jug Band: Virgil Just on washboard, Bill Sloan on comb, John Boldemann on gut bucket, Ken Douphner on jug, Don Martin [?] on saw, Einar Lanaro on shower pipes, and Harriet Sweson (not pictured) on piano.

Folk musicians Frank Miller and Rich Dehr

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Frank Miller and Rich Dehr sing the latter's new folk song "Memories are Made of This." Dehr was known for his fine voice.

Mickey Miller and Rich Dehr at the Canyon Capers

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Mickey Miller and Rich Dehr perform at the Canyon Capers. Mickey first motorcycled to Topanga in 1949 with husband Matt, a fellow folk musician.

Bob and Doi DeWitt with their children

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Bob and Doi DeWitt with their children Eileen, Nora, and Bobby. The DeWitts were largely responsible for bringing folk music to the Topanga.

The Mermaid Tavern, a classical music club

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The Mermaid Tavern was the name of the classical music club created by Mickey and Ann Nadel in the former Sylvia Park clubhouse.

Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler

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Topanga Symphony Conductor Jerome Kessler takes a bow from the Community House stage.

Roger Bobo directs the Topanga Philharmonic

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Roger Bobo directs the Topanga Philharmonic at the Theatricum Botanicum.

The Topanga String Quartet

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The Topanga String Quartet: Toni Marcus, Jeanne Mitchell, Hugh Neely, Miles Tackett.

Fran Roberts-Stehelin and her students at a recital

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Piano and voice teacher Fran Roberts-Stehelin with her students at a recital. Megan Yednock, Sebastian Harris, Nadia Kent, Morgan McGee, Samantha Johnson, Fran Roberts-Stehelin, Suzanne Duket, Laurel Anderson, John Anderson.

Harriet Swenson and her piano students

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Harriet Swenson celebrates with her piano students as they are inducted into the Topanga chapter of Pi Mu. Michael Morales, Terri Scott, Sherry and Sheryl Gwaltney, Sharon Clow, unknown, Vicki Cepin, Harriet Swenson, Adrienne Just, Connie Clark,…

Flutist Gretel "G.G." Shanley

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Flutist Gretel "G.G." Shanley, co-founder of the Topanga Symphony

Joseph Reilich and Aaron Copeland

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Joseph Reilich and Aaron Copeland at the Ojai Music Festival. Reilich played violin with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini for 10 years, before moving to Topanga in 1945.

Buddha mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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"Buddha on the Wall," a mural on Topanga Canyon Blvd., designed by poster artist Liz Shepherd and painted with Kedric Wolfe and David Totheroh, on Labor Day 1982.

Dragonfly Ranch

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Dragonfly Ranch was built in 1991 by architect Cary Gepner and actor-craftsman-owner James Judd Morgan. When it went on the market in 2004, its $7.5 million asking price was a record high for Topanga.

The Donovan House on Waveview Drive

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The Donovan House on Waveview Drive, designed by architect Bob Bates.

House designed by Earl Wear on Sischo Drive

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Architect Earl Wear designed this home on Sischo Drive to be "of" the land, not just "on" it. It was built for Bud and Joan Ware.

Members of Topanga Canyon Gallery (New Canyon Gallery)

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Members of the Topanga Canyon Gallery steering committee: Rebecca Catterall, Meredith Miskowich, Sue Sullivan, Nancy Swenson Williams, Barbara Anahita King, Penny Chavez.

Topanga Arts Council at Earthworks studio

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Topanga Arts Council members in front of Earthworks, Esther and Bud Bruder's studio. Standing: Esther Bruder Raucher aka Esther Terrestrial, Sue Weber aka Sky and Wonder Woman, Helena LeBrun, three unknown, Myra Schegloff, Kathy Kaminsky, unknown.…

Jody Roberts

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Itinerant artist Jody Roberts specialized in caricatures and psychedelia.

"Mulholland Afternoon" by Linda Bolhuis

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"Mulholland Afternoon" by Linda Bolhuis, a painting made with dye on silk. Linda helped set up the Topanga Canyon Gallery in Pine Tree Circle in 2000.

"Solomon Meadows" by Nancy Swenson

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Painter Nancy Swenson Williams is part of a multigenerational activist family that has lived in Topanga since the late 1940s.

Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin

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Leslie, Paul, and Matt Doolin at their Topanga Art Tile studio.

Casa Pequeña gate

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Tomas Braverman and his wife Kiyo spent many years crafting their home at 1135 Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Today the house is called Rosewood.

"Commons" by Jim and Sue Sullivan

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"Commons" by ceramicists Jim and Sue Sullivan is an intricate mosaic table.

Mural by Arnold Schifrin

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A mural painted by Arnold Schifrin on the Old Post Office restaurant depicted a cast of Topanga characters. It was destroyed in a fire in the 1970s.

Wallace Berman, Shirley Morand, and Allen Ginsberg

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Assemblage artist Wallace Berman enticed notables to Topanga, including poet Allen Ginsberg.

Megan Rice

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Megan Rice with her book "A Brush with Cancer," which combines journal excerpts with images of her artwork.

Barbara, Jack, and Aran Rice

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Jack Rice was a stonemason.

Jean Stehelin and Jon Raymond

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Furniture craftsman Jean Stehelin and sculptor Jon Raymond wear berets outside the Topanga Post Office and General Store.

Sculpture by Cyril C. Wood (1960s)

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Sculpture by Cyril C. Wood (1960s), made of cast metal.

"Sybil" by Vera T. Wood (1998)

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"Sybil" by Vera T. Wood (1998), a painted tile.

"The Spring Grade" by Paul Dubosclard

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

The Job, a cafe and art studio

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The Job was Bob DeWitt's cafe and art studio, located at 1855 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Pictured here, wife Doi and Bob are surprised by a rare snow.

Bob DeWitt

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Bob DeWitt shows his ceramics, made from Topanga clay that he mixed with his bare feet.

"Untitled (Topanga Scene)" by William Fitch Wray

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"Untitled (Topanga Scene)," a painting by British émigré William Fitch Wray.