History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

28 April, 2015

Postcards from Southern California

Regular blog readers might be aware of my April tradition of making a blog post for my sister's birthday. Now, regular blog readers are probably also aware that I haven't been particularly with it post-wise lately (honestly, the only reason I got the San Francisco Earthquake one together was that I'd been sitting on the pictures for months until the right date, and only realized it was that date that morning!). So, well, this birthday post is a bit late. But I'll admit....so was her actual present!

Since the sister looks in Southern California, for this year I took a dive into one of my all-time favourite collections, the Boston Public Library's collection of linen postcards from 1930s-40s America, to present this set of wonderfully colourful, semi-photographic postcards from the land of sunshine. 

Enjoy, sister, and all!


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Long Beach, back when it apparently had a cool roller coaster. Source




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Oranges and snow (well, a little bit). Source




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A world premier at the Cathay Circle Theatre, LA. Source





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Santa Monica. Source




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Wilshire Boulevard, LA. Source




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A flower field in Lompoc. Source




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Santa Monica Hills. Source




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A naval fleet off Long Beach. Source




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Looking east on Hollywood Boulevard. Source




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Umbrellas on the Long Beach beach, with Villa Riveria in the background. Source




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Hollywood Boulevard, looking west. Source




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Joshua Palms and a blooming desert. Source




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Another part of the beach front at Long Beach. Source




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Exposition park, University of Southern California, LA. Source




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The Hollywood Bowl at night. Source




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Looking east on Fifth Street, LA. Source




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Griffith Park Planetarium. Source




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Wilshire Boulevard at night. Source




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An amusement park in San Diego. Source




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Hollywood at night. Source



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Buying oranges. Source




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Hermosa Beach. Gotta end with a beach--it is Southern California, after all! Source



3 comments:

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Syd said...

Just thought I would leave you a note to say how much I enjoy your blog. This post was a lot of fun. Old postcards are so interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Rose Mangini said...

Just wondering if you have any postcards by Mike Roberts? He was my cousin's husband :) Rose

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