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Venice Beach Photos – Snapshot History

The Dance Hall on the Abbot Kinney Pier at Venice Beach in 1910.

 

A camel ride at Venice Beach in 1908. (LAPL)

A camel ride in 1908. (LAPL)

 

Between 1904 and 1925, 14 roller-coasters were built around the beaches of Venice and Ocean Park (many of them replacements for the older ones).

In 1910, The L.A. Thompson Company built a large roller coaster with mountainous scenery beside the Abbot Kinney Pier. The Scenic Railway (pictured here around 1910) lasted until 1919.

The City of Los Angeles annexed Venice in 1925, closing down the city’s amusement piers over time.

 

Venice Scenic Railway 1912

The Scenic Railway, circa 1912.

 

The Scenic Railway, a roller coaster that debuted in 1910. It was built by the L.A. Thompson Company in Venice, and the attraction was located next to the Abbot Kinney Pier. Postcard is no later than 1913.

Postcard no later than 1913.

 

Vintage Venice Beach

Venice anyone?

 

Venice Beach 1911

Two brothers, c. 1911.

 

Venice Beach 1924

Venice Beach 1924

Circa 1914. The Abbott Kinney Pier is on the left in the above photo.

 

A picnic in 1915.

 

 

Venice Beach

The beach, circa 1917.

 

 

According to Mack Sennett expert Brent E. Walker, this 1918 postcard taken at Venice, CA, features Vera Steadman (left) and possibly Gonda Durand (right). The film in question is "Who's Little Wife Are You?" Source: Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel (2013). Bizarre Los Angeles.

According to Mack Sennett expert Brent E. Walker, this 1918 postcard features Vera Steadman (left) and possibly Gonda Durand (right). The film in question is “Who’s Little Wife Are You?” Source: Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel (2013).

 

 

BLA_photo 1925 House at 538 Broadway, Venice CaliforniaHouse at 538 Broadway, Venice, California, circa 1925.

 

Venice Beach Novelty Photo

A woman poses for a novelty photo in 1925.

 

Venice Pier

Party at the Abbott Kinney Pier, 1928.  As one might expect, it is from a movie. The film is called Lonesome, directed by Paul Fejos. The upset looking man is actor Glenn Tryon. (Thanks to Megan Vaughn for identifying it.)

 

Bumper polo at the Venice Amusement Pier probably taken somewhere around 1928-1929. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Bumper polo at the Venice Amusement Pier probably taken somewhere around 1928-1929

From the not so politically correct files: a family visits Venice Beach circa 1930.

From the not so politically correct files: a family visits the beach, circa 1930.

 

Ice block surfing

Ice block racing. The date is unclear but appears to be early 1930s. (LAPL 00008982)

 

A woman doing a standing splits...on Venice Beach, 1936. Photo was possibly taken around the time of the Miss California Bathing Beauty Contest. (LAPL)A woman doing a standing splits, 1936. Photo was possibly taken around the time of the Miss California Bathing Beauty Contest. (LAPL)

 

Taken during the 1936 Miss California Bathing Beauty Contest as part of the Venice Mardi Gras celebration.

Taken during the 1936 Miss California Bathing Beauty Contest as part of the Venice Mardi Gras celebration.

 

Venice Beach, circa 1936. (LAPL)

 

devil Mask 1936 Venice Beach

Circa 1936. (LAPL)

 

Venice Beach, circa 1936. (LAPL)

A woman wears a Clark Gable mask in 1937. (LAPL)

 

Venice Fun House 1940

Film players at the Venice Pier Fun House in 1940. As the bowl spins, people fight for leverage to stay in the center. Left to right: Natalie Draper (in the light plaid dress), William Bakewell, and Helen Gilbert (spilling over to the side). LAPL 00057231.

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