I'm looking for photos of Soto and his toy shop
that was in a crafteman style cottage next door to Lony Vincent's
pharmacy. Also information about him. He and his wife were sent to
a concentration camp in the desert when Japan attacked us at Pearl
Harbor. Panicked mothers were convinced he was trafficking in
secret communications from Tokyo hidden in toy shipments. There was
also a Japanese man the locals called "George the Jap" that ran a
small market right across the street from Soto, both shops facing
the street that lead to the Pavillion. My father was a boat builder
in Newport and during the Great Depression when the wealthy could
no longer afford to have yachts built or repaired our family had a
rough go of it. It was George, a hunting and fishing friend of my
father's, who saved me as a young boy from going hungry with his
clandestine deliveries early in the morning on our door step of
milk, vegetables, and other essential food items. It pained my
parents when these two were carted off to concentration camps. Do
you have any suggestions where I might look for photos or stories
about Soto. (Starting in 1928 I spent the first 10 years of my life
growing up near the tip of the Balboa Peninsula and made many
visits to Soto's toy shop with my weekly allowances to buy
waterwings, candle powered putt putt boats, and other affordable
Hello sir or Miss
Í'm making a website in dutch for travellers to amerika now is my
question is it possible that i may put your webcam on the site?
We used to drive from Beverly Hills to Lido for
a Bob's Big Boy hamburger. Does that sound crazy enough for you?
How long ago was that?
I am searching for a photo: WONACOTT DONUT SHOP across from the
Frozen Banana Bar in the 1950's. Understand this was right near
the landing of the ferry to the Island. I am doing this for a
friend, grandaughter of the couple who owned this. help me
please. Email welcome.