Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A Night at the Cocoanut Grove
A great picture and a wonderful mystery for all you sleuths out there. From our files comes this photo of the Reynolds Buick Sales Team at a glamorous function. Everyone is beautifully dressed- the ladies in evening wear, the gentlemen in suits and ties.
According to Chris Nichols at Los Angeles Magazine, the setting is none other than the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub at the landmark Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. The bottles of alcohol on the tables suggest an evening function. The Ambassador was down the street from the Buick Zone office in the 50's and 60's, so it is undoubtedly a Buick Motor Division function. The time frame from the fashions and hair styles appears to be 1957-63.
We know some of the guests. The couple on the left nearest the camera are our Patriarch and Matriarch, Irven G. and Gertrude Reynolds. At the other end on the same side are Irven "Pete" Reynolds Jr. and his wife Caroline. Seated between them we see our salesman Dave Freet and his wife Gloria. In the middle of the other side are longtime sales manager Jim Hutcheson and his wife Lillian, and Joe Henry and his wife Edna. All are longtime employees of Reynolds Buick.
Can you help us identify the rest of the celebrants? Please comment here, or on Facebook, send a Tweet, or drop us an email if you recognize anyone.