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Chris' Collection: Canned 'genuine' Los Angeles smog from the 1950s

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Chris Nichols holds a can of LA smog, which he has yet to open. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Governor Jerry Brown is in China today meeting with top officials, including the minister of environmental protection. They are expected to sign a non-binding agreement to work together to clean up the skies — smog has recently been a huge problem throughout China.

Southern California has long fought the battle against smog, and back in 1957, an actor had a novel idea to raise awareness about the issue. He sold smog in a can. No joke.

Chris Nichols, editor at Los Angeles Magazine owns one of those cans. It's one item in an extensive collection of southern California memorabilia he owns. He recently dropped by to show me this unique piece of LA history. 

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