South Coast Orchid Society

Orchid Judging in Long Beach, 1954 and Beyond!

Orchid Digest Corporation Judging at Long Beach,
December, 1954 to December, 1967:

Award Photos

Of the 528 known awards from this period, we have recovered color photos of only a few. Nevertheless, they are impressive! We present the photos together with their award information that has been recovered from our newsletters and from Orchid Digest



Cattleya mossiae 'Bienvenido' HCC/ODC, March 27, 1961

315  C. mossiae ‘Bienvenido’ (species), HCC/ODC 75.5 points, Mr. Harry Rapella, 13518 Yukon St., Hawthorne, Calif., March 27, 1961. [OrchidWiz image #55873 from Steve McNerney, described as Cattleya mossiae ‘Bienvenido’ HCC/AOS, is apparently from this award. As AOS has no record of an award for this cultivar, we believe this is in fact the HCC/ODC award photo! Harry Rapella was famous for his work with Cattleya mossiae. We understand he may have raised as many as seven generations of carefully selected plants, some of which are rumored still to exist in collections. We would love to know more!]


Cattleya Califlora 'Hawthorne' CCM/ODC, May 25, 1964.

426  C. Califlora ‘Hawthorne’ (mossiae × J. A. Carbone, CCM/ODC 80.0 points, Harry Rapella, May 25, 1964. 10 flowers on 2 spikes, 7” natural spread. Clear, rose-pink sepals and petals. Large, frilled lip, with yellow, orange and lavender veining in throat. [This same plant had received AM/AOS two weeks earlier, May 11, 1964, at the usual OSSC meeting in Hollywood, CA, exhibited by Harry Rapella of Hawthorne, CA. OrchidWiz has what appears to be an award photo for this cultivar, although the grower is not named and the registration date for the hybrid is listed in error as 1984, image #55661, from Steve McNerney, the picture consistent with this plant as exhibited at OSSC, as we think we can see 10 dorsal sepals. Of the known AOS awards for C. Califlora, this is the only one with this flower count; the others either had 2-4 flowers or 35 or more flowers.]


Rlc. Fortune 'Golden Fantasy' HCC/ODC, July 26, 1965.

460  Blc. Fortune ‘Golden Fantasy’ (Lc. Mem. Albert Heinecke ‘Fort Sutter’ × Blc. Xanthette ‘Chartreuse’), HCC/ODC 77.5 points, Fred A. Stewart, Inc., July 26, 1965. [Now Rlc. Fortune. OrchidWiz image #55274, from Steve McNerney, shows what is apparently an award photo for this cultivar, the grower not identified. As this cultivar did not receive any AOS awards, and does not seem to match any of the AOS award descriptions that are not already accompanied by a photo, we believe this image is the award photo for this HCC/ODC.]


Rlc. Acapana 'Teresa' HCC/ODC, June 27, 1966.

482  Blc. Acapana ‘Teresa’ (Lc. Grandee × Blc. Greenheart), [HCC/ODC] 76.0 points, Lois Werner, June 27, 1966. [Now Rlc. Acapana. Correct parentage is now C. Grandee (1937) × Rlc. Green-heart. OrchidWiz image #55156 shows apparently this cultivar (but as ‘Theresa’), conceivably an award photo (but the background is pale gray, rather than the usual black), lacking the name of the grower and other details. As no other awards are known for this cultivar, we believe the image is probably the HCC/ODC award photo.]