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the story from the cottage

When Don Christy made a discovery in a closet at his home in Portuguese Bend, it started him on a journey into local history. The closet contained aerial photos of Palos Verdes, especially the Portuguese Bend area, left there by his late stepfather, John Vanderlip, son of the founder of Palos Verdes. As Don studied the pictures, and traced the development of the land since the shots were taken in the 1930s, other residents of the area began to share their own stories with him. He heard tales of the building of the large homes which were originally planned as pieces of larger estates. He listened to stories from surviving landowners from the beginning of the land movement which continues to this day. He learned of the celebrities and movie stars who have lived and filmed at various sites. And then Don decided to write a book.


With the help of Portuguese Bend residents, Don and photographer Vicki Mack visited historical homes and sites. Don interviewed original homeowners and their descendants, long time slide area residents, members of the local art community, and people who help hold the vibrant, eclectic community together. The result is a book that combines Don's personal story of living in The Cottage, the very first home built by Frank A. Vanderlip, Sr., Palos Verdes' visionary founding father, with living history, from the 1920s when Palos Verdes was founded and the first homes in Portuguese Bend were designed, up to present times, when a new generation brings vibrant new life.

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In a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia, a small group of bankers founded the Federal Reserve System just over 100 years ago.

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When Don Christy made a discovery in a closet at his home in Portuguese Bend, It started him on a journey into local history.

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Vicki's Gallery

Vicki has been shooting images of Portuguese Bend and other parts of Palos Verdes for many years. The images are available for purchase.

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Vintage Photos

Vicki has been shooting images of Portuguese Bend and other parts of Palos Verdes for many years. The images are available for purchase.

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The Banker Who Changed America

the banker who changed america

A busy man, Frank Vanderlip was also the founder of Palos Verdes, California; owner of the historic property known as Beechwood, in Westchester County, New York; an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; and an early promoter of cultural and economic ties with Japan. He lectured and wrote with thought and wit about banking, financing, education, and politics in the U.S. and Europe. His personal insights into men of his time, such as J.P. Morgan, are entertaining and amusing. His comments on public knowledge of business, corporations, and the workings of government are still as relevant as when he spoke them. "Frank A. Vanderlip - The Banker Who Changed America", is the first full look at the story of his life. It is written with research from original journals, from newspapers of the time, and from his own books, including his autobiography, "From Farmboy to Financier".

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Up Around the Bend

up around the bend

When Don Christy made a discovery in a closet at his home in Portuguese Bend, it started him on a journey into local history. The closet contained aerial photos of Palos Verdes, especially the Portuguese Bend area, left there by his late stepfather, John Vanderlip, son of the founder of Palos Verdes. As Don studied the pictures, and traced the development of the land since the shots were taken in the 1930s, other residents of the area began to share their own stories with him. He heard tales of the building of the large homes which were originally planned as pieces of larger estates. He listened to stories from surviving landowners from the beginning of the land movement which continues to this day. He learned of the celebrities and movie stars who have lived and filmed at various sites. And then Don decided to write a book.>

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vintage gallery

Welcome to the Vintage Photo Gallery. Don Christy made this discovery in a closet at his home in Portuguese Bend. The closet contained aerial photos of Palos Verdes, especially the Portuguese Bend area, left there by his late stepfather, John Vanderlip, son of the founder of Palos Verdes. The images here are available for purchase. Just fill out the form to order or drop us a line.

vicki's gallery

Welcome to Vicki's Gallery. Vicki has been shooting images of Portuguese Bend and other parts of Palos Verdes for many many years. The images here are available for purchase. Just fill out the form to order or drop us a line.

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