Next week, the San Fernando Valley Historical Society will present two events culinary history buffs won't want to miss. On November 18, at 7 p.m., amateur collector David Boulé talks about the orange as a symbol of the myth of California as an agrarian paradise. In keeping with the citrus-scented theme, he'll be sharing historic photographs, postcards, rare advertising and marketing materials, books, newspapers and press clippings, records, posters, and other items from his massive private stash. Just three days later...
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.. from 1-4 p.m. on the 21st, at its monthly Sunday open house, the Society will host an exhibit of See's Candies paraphernalia--vintage candy boxes, photographs, promotional toys, and so forth. See's started in Los Angeles in 1921. These sorts of things aren't for everyone, of course. If you're not the sort of person who views food as a way to look at places and people, you'll be asleep in the back row at Andres Pico Adobe, crumbly remnants of the "light refreshments" drying on your face. Interested parties should note that, while not mandatory, donations are appreciated.