In the late 19th-century, tourists flocked to Southern California’s ostrich farms to gawk at the ungainly birds. Ostriches arrived in Southern California in 1883 when an English naturalist named Charles Sketchley opened a farm devoted to the tall, flightless birds near Anaheim, in what is today Buena Park. Sketchley’s investors, who included developer Gaylord WilshireContinue reading “30 Vintage Photos of Ostrich Farms in Southern California During the Early 20th Century”
Roller skating has and always will be an all-time favorite activity to do while visiting Venice Beach. Here’s a collection of 34 interesting vintage photographs of roller skater girls skating at Ocean Front Walk, California in 1979.
Fashion in the 1970s was about individuality. Common items included mini skirts, bell-bottoms popularized by hippies, and the androgynous glam rock and disco styles that introduced platform shoes, bright colors, glitter, and satin. Generally the most famous silhouette of the mid and late 1970s for both genders was that of tight on top and looseContinue reading “40 Wonderful Photos Showing Californian Street Fashion in the Mid-1970s”
Murder and mayhem have long fascinated photographers and film aficionados, and are also inextricably linked with collectors of vernacular photography. But, how did the mugshot become a fine-art collectible? For New York-based collector and curator Mark Michaelson the answer is personal. In an interview with the New York Daily News he noted, “I’m looking forContinue reading “18 Amazing Mugshots of Men and Women From Sacramento during the Early 20th Century”
In 1969, photographer Arthur Schatz went to a California high school to do a photo-essay for LIFE magazine on an emerging trend in fashion. The results seemed to find the youth of the time developing an identity for their generation. In contrast to the popular fashions and styles of certain decades — the Gibson GirlContinue reading “17 Groovy Photos of High School Fashions in 1969”
Back in 1947, when LIFE accompanied 10,000 young men and women to Balboa Beach in Southern California for spring break, the shenanigans wouldn’t have scored any higher than a PG rating. Daylight brought beachside dancing, boat races, beauty pageants and sunbathing. The evening hours found students aglow in the warmth of bonfires as portable radiosContinue reading “19 Wonderful Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”
Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. It was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town and was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk,Continue reading “20 Vintage Photos of Venice Beach, California during the 1930s”