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Roadside Characters Southern California

 

Gardena Bear
Gardena, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Watch out! Bears are on the loose! This Gardena Bear is just one of other surviving members of the bear family. Check out others here.

 

 

Harbie
C.C. Camperland
Anaheim, CA
Photo and info courtesy John S. Foley

Say hello to Harbie, former guardian of the Harbor Gasoline stations in the Los Angeles/Orange County area up until the early '70's.

 

 

Pilgrim Fence Co.
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

Check out this mascot for the Pilgrim Fence Co . This huge thing really catches the eye of travelers passing by.

 

 

 

Carpeteria Genie (Removed)
Whittier, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the familiar Carpeteria guy standing proudly over the passersby on Whittier Blvd in Whittier. Or at least when he used to be standing there. This guy was removed in 1998.

 

Carpeteria Genie
N. Hollywood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This Carpeteria genie looks like he has lighter hair than the Whittier guy above. Must be the sunshine in the Valley. This one is found in North Hollywood.

 

 

 

"Cafe Guy"
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

This little guy looks like a cousin or relative of the Steak Corral guy below. Not sure if he once held up a porterhouse steak himself, or if he's just giving the passing motorists the thumbs up signal.

 

 

Ballerina
Venice, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Ballerina Clown in Venice is an oft photographed image that, to many, depicts that L.A. scene. It's an interesting sight to see.

 

 

Toys R Us (Removed)
Rosemead, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a shot of Geoffrey the Giraffe standing guard over the Toys R Us in Rosemead, CA. Unfortunately, time has not been good to this giraffe, and he was unceremoniously removed when the store closed down a few years ago. A Levitz Furniture store currently occupies the site. 04-06

 

UPDATE 01/11 : The Levitz Furniture store has been closed for a few years and the large building off the I-10 remains vacant. 01-11

 

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