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Goodyear blimp on Santa Monica Beach, circa 1940

Imagine laying on Santa Monica beach one sunny day in 1940, soaking up the rays, maybe reading the funny papers, and along comes the Goodyear blimp from out of the clear blue skies looking as though it aims to set … Continue reading

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Big Rock Beach Cafe, Malibu Beach, 1953

The Big Rock Beach Café had a great location looking out over Malibu Beach and the blue Pacific Ocean. This photo was taken in 1953—back when Malibu real estate was affordable. Or at least affordable enough to be able to … Continue reading

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Angelenos dressed to the nines arrive in Santa Monica on the Pasadena & Pacific Railway, 1896

In this photo we have a large group of Angelenos dressed to the nines arriving in Santa Monica on the Pasadena & Pacific Railway in 1896. The motto of the Pasadena & Pacific Railway was “from the mountains to the … Continue reading

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Cottages lining a canal in Venice, California

Of all the photos I’ve seen of the canals in Venice, California, I’ve never seen this line of cottages. I don’t know where they were, or how long they lasted, but they stretch right down the canal as far as … Continue reading

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Ocean Park Promenade, Santa Monica, California, circa 1907

Oh, what a different time it was. This photo of Ocean Park Promenade in Santa Monica shows how people went for a walk at the beach circa 1907 – fully dressed with hats, collars, ties, and floor-length dresses. I love … Continue reading

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Venice Pier with the Ship Café visible on the right

I don’t have a date for this shot of the Venice Pier but it’s probably circa 1910s or 20s. On the right we can see the Ship Café, which opened in 1905 by Baron Long (who went on to develop … Continue reading

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Windward Avenue, Venice, California, 1914

This photo of Windward Avenue, Venice, California, was taken in 1914, and gives us a glimpse into what Venice looked like when it was newly opened (“Venice of America” opened on July 4th, 1905) and still close to Abbot Kinney’s … Continue reading

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Patmar’s Motel & Cafe & Cocktail Lounge, El Segundo, California, circa early 1950s

When I saw this photo, my first thought was “There’s a 1950s California beach scene if ever I saw one. This is Patmar’s Motel & Cafe & Cocktail Lounge in El Segundo, which is immediately south of LA International Airport. … Continue reading

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Venice Canals as they appeared in 1922 at what is now Main St., Venice, California

I’m so glad that someone thought to take photos of the canals of Venice when they were at their idyllic height. The canal we’re seeing here is now Main Street but oh, how wonderful it looked! With that bridge, the … Continue reading

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Hotel Laguna on South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California, 1938

This 1938 view of the Hotel Laguna at 425 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach surprised me. I knew it was a popular vacation spot, but back in the 1930s, it wouldn’t have been easy to get to. So I wasn’t … Continue reading

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