Foley’s Donuts and North Hollywood (via Japan and Vancouver)


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On a recent visit to Vancouver, I met a naturalized Canadian named Christopher Foley, who by coincidence comes from a family that settled into the San Fernando Valley in the early 1930s. Chris lived in both the SFV and San Francisco and later emigrated to British Columbia.

He showed me, in his digital scrapbook, some fascinating old pictures.

His grandfather, a movie photographer, had moved from West Virginia in the early 1930s to work in the studio system.  Later on, the family opened up a donut shop in North Hollywood called, not surprisingly, “Foley’s”.

His mom, actress Mary Foley, played a band member in “Some Like it Hot” (1959/Dir. Billy Wilder) which starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

His father served in Japan after World War II, and I asked Chris for these fantastic images of his dad and people in that country.

Their clothes, including selvedge denim, are what collectors these days call “Heritage” and are sought after in both Japan and the United States.

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3 thoughts on “Foley’s Donuts and North Hollywood (via Japan and Vancouver)

    1. Let me check into that Robert….

      Here is Chris’s reply:

      “Hi Andy, I went to high school in Northern California. My parents, aunts and uncles went to North Hollywood High. The donut shop was on the Northeast corner of Lankershim at Killion St. The raised foundation of it was still there on the Ford car lot the last time I went by in 2003 or 2004.”

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