Vintage Los Angeles, Alison Martino’s Facebook repository of iconic images of Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip, has launched a web video channel.
It debuts with the story of “Tail O’ The Pup,” an example of so-called “mimetic” architecture in that it resembled the hot dogs that it sold. “Tail O’ The Pup” traces the migration of the diner, which was designed by architect Milton Black and opened at 311 N. La Cienega Blvd. in 1946. It became a celebrity hot spot, and was sold by owners Frank Veloz and Yolanda Casazza, famed ballroom dancers, in the early 1970s to Eddie Blake. In the 1980s it was moved to 329 N. San Vicente Blvd. Regent Properties bought the property in 2005 and the Blake family packed up “Tail O’ The Pup” and moved it to a warehouse in Torrance.
In her video, Martino has tracked down the hotdog-shaped food stand and its owners and chronicles its history and the plans its owners, the Blake family, have for its future, which may include moving it to West Hollywood.
“It’s an emotional episode since their son, Dennis Blake, passed away in his sleep last December,” Martino said in an email message. “His wish was to get the pup back on the streets again, and his family is going forward with his dream. We were there to capture its removal out of storage where it has languished since 2005.”
Martino said the next video in the series will feature an iconic (and still in existence) Sunset Strip location and the woman who created its predecessor.