19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s

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 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”

20 Vintage Photos Showing Huntington Beach, California During the 1960s

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. It is the most populous beach city in Orange County and the seventh most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim MSA. With the long 9.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing, and beach culture, it is one of the mostContinue reading “20 Vintage Photos Showing Huntington Beach, California During the 1960s”

31 Amazing Vintage Photographs Showing Life in Whittier, California During the Early 20th Century

Whittier is located in Los Angeles County, about 12 miles southeast of the City of Los Angeles, California. The City of Whittier has a diverse and colorful history beginning with the Gabrielino Indians who first inhabited the area during the City’s pre-history. Later, Spanish California (1769-1821) would influence the region with the establishment of bothContinue reading “31 Amazing Vintage Photographs Showing Life in Whittier, California During the Early 20th Century”

25 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Watts a Year After the 1965 Riots

The August 1965 Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on one’s perspective and politics), were among the bloodiest, costliest and — in the five decades since they erupted — most analyzed uprisings of the notoriously unsettled mid-1960s. Ostensibly sparked by an aggressive traffic stop of a black motorist by white cops — but, in fact,Continue reading “25 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Watts a Year After the 1965 Riots”