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Santa Monica Beach

A glass plate photo of Santa Monica beach, c. 1880s or 1890s.

 

Santa Monica Bath house

The Santa Monica Bath House, circa 1877, located at the end of Utah Avenue, which is better known today as Broadway. The building was constructed by Baker & Jones and was owned by J. W. Scott. (LAPL: 00067797)

 

Santa Monica beach in 1885. Men on horseback are playing a game called, "catch the ring on the beach," which is similar to grabbing the brass ring on a Merry-Go-Round.

Santa Monica Beach in 1885. Men on horseback are playing a game called, “catch the ring on the beach,” which is similar to grabbing the brass ring on a Merry-Go-Round.

 

Santa Monica Beach 1887

Santa Monica Beach in 1887. Note the mountains, palisades and bicyclists. (LAPL: 00082038)

 

A boardwalk in Santa Monica. 1890. (LAPL)

A boardwalk in Santa Monica. 1890. (LAPL)

 

The Victorian Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica was Greta Garbo's first residence after she came to Los Angeles. It was demolished in the late 1930s. Bizarre Los Angeles.

Republican Senator John P. Jones’ residence on Ocean Ave. in 1890. Jones was a co-founder of the City of Santa Monica. In 1921 (almost a decade after his death in 1912), it became a residential hotel before being demolished to make room for a newer Miramar Hotel in 1938.

 

Santa Monica beach goers in 1890.

Beach goers in 1890.

 

Camping on Santa Monica Beach in 1890 (LAPL).

Camping on the beach in 1890 (LAPL).

 

Ocean Park 1900s

The beach crowd at Ocean Park. Judging from the Ingersol roller coaster in back, this postcard is circa 1904 – 1910.

 

Scenic Railway Roller Coaster

The Scenic Railway Roller Coaster at Ocean Park around 1906.

 

Ocean Park 1907

Ocean Park around 1907.

 

A postcard image of Santa Monica, circa 1910. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A postcard image of Santa Monica, circa 1910.

 

Ocean Park Beach 1914

July at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica, circa 1914. (LAPL 00049473)

 

"Reflections on the Beach," a postcard sold in the Los Angeles area in the early 1910s. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Reflections on the Beach,” a postcard sold in the Los Angeles area in the early 1910s.

 

Ocean park Beauties 1920s

A visit to the park in the 1920s.

 

In the early part of the 20th Century, Santa Monica Beach was segregated and the "Ink Well" was obviously not the city designated beach for white people. In this 1925 photo, we see three adults and two children at the border of Bay Street and Pico.

In the early part of the 20th Century, Santa Monica Beach was segregated and the “Ink Well” was obviously not the city designated beach for white people. In this 1925 photo, we see three adults and two children at the border of Bay Street and Pico.

 

A tranquil view from Santa Monica Beach in 1927. (LAPL 00043630).

A tranquil view in 1927. (LAPL 00043630).

 

Chorus_girls_etc_Harry_Carrolls_home_Santa_Monica_CA_1929_image_12Chorus girls partying at the Santa Monica beach house of Hollywood composer Harry Carroll in 1929. Note the bottles and loosened swimsuit straps on the girls. (USC Archive)

 

MGM contract players playing on the beach, circa 1929. Bizarre Los Angeles

MGM contract players playing on the beach, circa 1929.

 

1930 Santa Monica Pioneer Days

Participants in the Santa Monica Pioneer Days celebration in 1930. (LAPL 00030699)

 

Ride 'em Cowboy! A 1930 participant in the Santa Monica Pioneer Days Festival showing how to rope a steer on a Harley-Davidson. (LAPL: 00030692) Bizarre Los Angeles

Ride ’em Cowboy! A 1930 participant in the Santa Monica Pioneer Days Festival showing how to rope a steer on a Harley-Davidson. (LAPL: 00030692)

 

A fun photo from the 1930 Santa Monica Pioneer Days festival. (LAPL: 00030700) Bizarre Los Angeles

Another fun photo from the 1930 Santa Monica Pioneer Days festival. (LAPL 00030700)

 

The Roosevelt Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) running alongside Santa Monica Beach. The picture was possibly taken around 1936. (LAPL) Bizarre Los AngelesThe Roosevelt Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) running alongside Santa Monica Beach. The picture was possibly taken around 1936. (LAPL)

 

A raging fire in Santa Monica Canyon threatens to consume the Will Rogers homestead in 1938. The house (pictured) was saved, but the flames came close enough to set stables on fire. Fortunately, the stables were saved, and it took hundreds of firefighters to put out the wildfire and save the historic property. (LAPL) Bizarre Los AngelesA raging fire in Santa Monica Canyon threatens to consume the Will Rogers homestead in 1938. The house (pictured) was saved, but the flames came close enough to set stables on fire. Fortunately, the stables were saved, and it took hundreds of firefighters to put out the wildfire and save the historic property. (LAPL)

 

Muscle Beach 1940s

A young woman balances on top of a man’s head at the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, c. 1940s. The Purser Apartment building, now called the Ocean Front Lodge, is in the background.

 

A man poses next to a couple of signs for the Aragon Ballroom, which was located on Lick Pier in Santa Monica. Photo, circa 1947.

A man poses next to a couple of signs for the Aragon Ballroom, which was located on Lick Pier in Santa Monica. Photo, circa 1947.

 

Muscle Beach in 1951. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

An event at Muscle Beach in 1951.

 

Newspaper boys for the Valley Times being treated to a night of fun at the Ocean Park Pier in 1956. (LAPL 00113972) Bizarre Los AngelesNewspaper boys for the Valley Times being treated to a night of fun at the Ocean Park Pier in 1956. (LAPL 00113972)

 

Fisherman's Wharf Santa Monica

A souvenir postcard depicting Fisherman’s Cove, a restaurant and dining area that was once a part of Santa Monica’s Pacific Ocean Park. The ocean-side theme park existed from 1958 to 1967.

 

Ocean Park 1958

Here’s what “Life” was like at Ocean Park in 1958. (LAPL 00077809)

 

A close-up look at the King Neptune statue that was once part of Santa Monica's Pacific Ocean Park's undersea diaorama. The man posing with the statue was its creator, Maurice Ayers, a Hollywood special effects artist who worked on The Pride and the Passion (1957). Photo: 1958. (LAPL 00096930) Bizarre Los Angeles

A close-up look at the King Neptune statue that was once part of Santa Monica’s Pacific Ocean Park’s undersea diaorama. The man posing with the statue was its creator, Maurice Ayers, a Hollywood special effects artist who worked on The Pride and the Passion (1957). Photo: 1958. (LAPL 00096930)

 

Neptune's Kingdom at Pacific Ocean Park in 1958. (LAPL 00096923) Bizarre Los AngelesNeptune’s Kingdom at Pacific Ocean Park in 1958. (LAPL 00096923)

 

Bimbo, Jr., a star of the De Wayne Bros. Circus at Pacific Ocean Park, poses on water-skis at Santa Monica Beach on April 28, 1962. The elephant was trained to surf. (LAPL) Bizarre Los Angeles

Bimbo, Jr., a star of the De Wayne Bros. Circus at Pacific Ocean Park, poses on water-skis at Santa Monica Beach on April 28, 1962. The elephant was trained to surf. (LAPL)

 

Taken at the Santa Monica Pier in 1964. (Photographer: Steve Young / 00117800)

Taken at the Santa Monica Pier in 1964. (Photographer: Steve Young / 00117800)

 

 

In this photo dated July 2, 1972, two young ladies tested the nudity law in Santa Monica by going topless. The protest drew a spectator crowd of 250 people who kept their distance. Police were also present but no arrests were made.

In this photo dated July 2, 1972, two young ladies tested the nudity law in Santa Monica by going topless. The protest drew a spectator crowd of 250 people who kept their distance. Police were also present but no arrests were made.

 

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