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The History of John Steinbeck's
Old Ocean View Avenue"
Michael Kenneth Hemp

Cannery Row cover

    "The Book" on Cannery Row. The nearly twenty-year favorite of Cannery Row history, John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts fans. This favorite of the Steinbeck Society of America has been called the essential companion to John Steinbeck's Cannery Row works.
     Hundreds of oral history interviews in the 1980s provided the human history of "America's Most Famous Street"—illustrated with 178 archival photos from the Pat Hathaway Historic Photo Collection of California Views. This new edition presents digitally restored photos and stochastic (random dot) printing for state-of-the-art clarity and detail.

Here are some sample pages.
(Coming soon)


 Deluxe "firm" cover, silver foil cover and spine titles, 128 pages, 178  photos, maps, full index, bibiography and web resource links, research and resources page. Old Cannery Row at your fingetips. Cover price $19.95.
     To order your copy you can visit the Company Store on this site, or if you prefer, you can link directly to to purchase your copy.
     A principle advantage of ordering from The History Company is that you will receive a signed copy and a free, authentic Cannery Row canning label as a bookmark—with immediate shipment by USPS Priority Mail anywhere in the U.S.
     Overseas orders should contact us for shipping costs and delivery time options.


The Historic

Historic Carmel Valley Guide

     The History Company
researched, created,  designed and published the first annual "Historic Carmel Valley Guide" for the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce. It follows the same format size and construction as the five annual volumes of the "Cannery Row Visitors Guide" created and published for the Cannery Row Company (1996-2001). The History Company is no longer responsible for the changes in design and content since Visitor Guide No. 5.
     Carmel Valley history, from the first Spanish expolorers to walk the beaches at Carmel Bay and their return to establish the Alta California Mission system, to the ranches, wineries and landmarks like "Rosie's Cracker Barrel" general store, are presented with stunning detailed contour maps of Carmel Valley's four regions—from its mountians to the sea.

    The Historic Carmel Valley Guide can be obtained by contacting the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce, 13. West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924, by calling (831) 659-4000, or by e-mail at

The fist known photo of Carmel Valley,
from the Pat Hathaway Collection.

First photo of Carmel Valley

THE 2005-2006 Historic CARMEL VALLEY GUIDE Advertising Sales begin January 20th, 2005.
For a sales kit, please click here.

"Bombardier's Lounge"
WWII Big Band Jazz
from KRML 1410 AM,
92.5 & 93.7 FM Cable,

B-24 nose shot

Collings Foundation B-24
at the Monterey Jet
Center, May 2004

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    "Capt. Mike" takes off every Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM for flights back to the 1940s and "The Music That Helped Save the World."
     From the same station that Clint Eastwood played a DJ in "Play Misty For Me"—a station now located in the Eastwood Building (San Carlos Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Carmel-By-The-Sea)—the music celebrates the Big Band Jazz of World War II. Complete with the authentic sounds of the bombers that waged the heroic air war.
     The show's name conjures an aircrew in a Quonset ready-shack, listening to a radio on the side of a sod runway somewhere in Britain about 1943. Or the cramped space in the nose of a B-17, B-24 or B-25, on a mission (in this case to bring music to a troubled world).

      Click on the B-17 at the left for the show's
"Take Off" theme...
    "Bombardier's Lounge" also has its historic research side, with interviews with aircrews that flew the legendary historic aircraft now only seen displayed in major air shows. Their stories are a chance to listen, touch and feel living American history.

Howard Brunn w Bob Littlefield

    B-25 pilot, Howard Brunn, and close friend and P-38 and P-51 fighter escort pilot, Bob Littlefield, at a recent interview in Carmel.


The Life and Times of the
"Queen of Cannery Row"

The History Company is collecting
stories, photos, memories and more.
Help us by contacting us with your
Kalisa Story—there are fifty years of
them on Cannery Row!

Kalisa's Cosmopolitan Place, 1958

Kalisa's 1958
  Robert Lewis photo

Kalisa with Thom Steinbeck, 1998
National Steinbeck Center

Kalisa and Thom Steinbeck 1998
        Art Ring photo

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Updated 01/30/05