Silent Film Stars

Marion McDonald

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Mary McDonald

Marion McDonald, one of Mack Sennett‘s bathing beauties, dressed as “Hamlet.” Little is known about her.  She signed with the Sennett Studios in 1925 because she had a “remarkable resemblance to Gloria Swanson.” McDonald stayed under contract to Sennett until 1927. She then left the film industry.

History

Santa Monica Beach Photos

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Santa Monica Beach

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

History

Venice Beach Photos – Snapshot History

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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 […]