Los Angeles. Pictorial California. No date. Ca. 1946.
Photo-illustrated booklet, 5 1/4 x 6 inches, 24 pp., featuring the highlights of Clifton's two Los Angeles restaurants: "Pacific Sea's Restaurant" on Olive Street and "Brookdale" on South Broadway. Sepia-tone photos of both restaurants depict bizarre decor, including ersatz waterfalls, a "little chapel for meditation" (holds 2), a neon palm tree, live organ music, a rain hut with showers every 20 minutes; also a short-haul tour bus (20 miles around LA for 15 cents) and much more. Booklet advertises "Pay What You Wish" for meals, "Dine Free Unless Delighted"; also a five cent "multi-purpose meal (no charge for those without funds)" and so much more your head will spin plus recurring bad dreams are inevitable. Booklet bright and clean and in very good condition. Text on rear cover advises that several services (including "free sherbet") have, alas, been "modified until ration and tax restrictions lifted" (i.e. don't ask for the freebie). Rear cover also has two areas where staples were once attached, perhaps holding "a colored photograph of a view of Los Angeles," as described on a WorldCat listing (two libraries only hold the item) for a 1951 iteration of the booklet. Quite possibly it is some other gratuitous item that is missing. In sum: an unusual and mind-numbing piece of ephemera in very good condition. Scary. Scarce. Item #54216