The Dance Hall on the Abbot Kinney Pier at Venice Beach in 1910.
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.
The Scenic Railway, circa 1912.
Postcard no later than 1913.
Two brothers, c. 1911.
Circa 1914. The Abbott Kinney Pier is on the left in the above photo.
A picnic in 1915.
The beach, circa 1917.
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).
Frank Sebastian’s “Creole Cuties” posing on the steps of the Sebastian Cafe (also known as “Frank Sebastian’s Venice Cafe”) in 1920. The popular cafe was located on Winward Ave. and specialized in vaudeville and jazz.
House at 538 Broadway, Venice, California, circa 1925.
A woman poses for a novelty photo in 1925.
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
From the not so politically correct files: a family visits the beach, circa 1930.
Ice block racing. The date is unclear but appears to be early 1930s. (LAPL 00008982)
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.
Circa 1936. (LAPL)
A woman wears a Clark Gable mask in 1937. (LAPL)
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.