This is what the northern end of Santa Monica beach looked like in the 1880s, shortly after the Southern Pacific railroad reached the town. It looks like a long, broad wooden platform was built on the sand, with—by the looks of it—vendors and changing booths lined up along it. Those women in the foreground are in full-length dresses, and probably corsets, too. I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable that must have been. I hope for their sake, this photo was taken in winter.