Surfridge, California, 1949

Santa Monica, California street scene, 1949Sometimes, I like to post a photo, not because it’s of a significant place to event but because it gives us a glimpse into everyday life in LA. This shot was taken in the town of Surfridge in 1949. Surfridge no longer exists – it was razed to make way for an expansion of Los Angeles International Airport and lay directly south of what is now Playa del Rey. To my 21st century eyes, it looks like a movie set dressed with vintage cars for a movie set in the 1940s, but of course back then, it was just “life.” And even though the people who owned these cars may not have had non-stick fry pans and Google, it looks like a pretty sweet life, if you ask me.

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2 Responses to Surfridge, California, 1949

  1. Louella Rehfield says:

    You are totally correct Martin. Happy Easter & love, L&M

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    That lemon chiffon home with the checkerboard windows and tidy green lawn does it for me! And icing on the cake are the vintage cars and sprinkling of palm trees – just looks like a quiet Sunday morning in L.A. of long ago. And yes, a pre-’50s movie set.

    Happy Easter!

    Jean