Ken & Erika’s West LA Bungalow

We’re so excited about this weekend’s liquidation estate sale in West LA. There are so many awesome pieces of furniture, an eclectic collection of ethnic decor, vintage boho chic clothing – fun stuff!! Most enthralling of all is the story of Ken and Erika, both extremely interesting in their own right, and their lives are so clearly reflected in the items they collected.

Ken was such an interesting person, excuse me while I just name off thing after amazing thing that Ken accomplished!!

  • Ken’s the guy who is responsible for training the birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, “The Birds”.
  • He was friendly with Walt Disney and was an animal behavior advisor in Disney wildlife films such as “The Living Desert”.
  • Ken travelled the world collecting birds and mammals for work and his own scientific interests, over many years adding specimens to museums.
  • He spent time in Burma hunting man-eating tigers with the infamous Burma Jack!!!
  • He collected rats out of Egypt’s pyramids to be used in his successful search for a cure for Typhus.
  • He spent time in South America and discovered a canyon that nearly rivals the Grand Canyon for size (read: he discovered a magnificent canyon!!!)
  • He collected all manner of animals, birds and mammals throughout Australia and Africa.
  • During the Second World War Major Ken Stager spent six months behind Japanese lines in Burma harassing the enemy.
  • He was a part of the outfit known as Merrill’s Marauders earning a Bronze Star.
  • He was a military advisor for Chiang Kai-sheck’s forces against Chairman Mao’s communists earning the China War Memorial Medal from the Government of the Republic of China for contributions made by American’s in the China Theater during World War II.
  • He was responsible for a number of significant scientific discoveries in the field of ornithology.

What a remarkable life! His family tells us the stories he told and the adventures he had experienced would enthrall any audience – and they were all 100% true.

Ken’s wife Erika led an equally distinguished life. Brazilian by birth Erika moved to Germany with her German born parents at the age of twelve. During WWII her school in Hamburg was bombed and she survived three days under twisted rubble before being rescued (can you imagine!).

After the war, at the age of twenty, her family moved back to South America where she began work in the fashion industry becoming chief fashion buyer for Sears in Brazil. After she met Ken in South America they moved to Los Angeles where she became head of the fashion department for Bullocks, often escorting famous film stars on fashion buying trips to New York and personally outfitting their wardrobes. How exciting!!

DON’T MISS THIS SALE, IT’S SATURDAY 8/13/16 ONLY. FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SALE HERE. 

8.11.16
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