War: Japan Surrenders 1945

Thelma De Wald Dalman’s son Dennis, age 4, holds a newspaper covering an event that changed the world. Courtesy of Thelma Dalman.

1945 Dennis Dalman age 4 on his grandparents porch, Vallejo, Calif. Courtesy of Thelma Dalman.

1945 Dennis Dalman age 4 on his grandparents porch, Vallejo, Calif. Courtesy of Thelma Dalman.

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Fun Stuff: Testicle Festival

Ya gotta love Santa Cruz!

Testicle Festive 2014 Santa Cruz, California

Testicle Festive 2014 Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz: 1800’s Garibaldi House Series (3 photos)

Can anyone help me date these 3 photos? I think the Garibaldi Villa Hotel was on Pacific Ave. in downtown Santa Cruz. Where (and when?) was the original Garibaldi House? Jim’s dad, Bob, worked as a bell hop in the hotel. Photos courtesy of Jim Costella:

Photo #1:

Girabaldi House in Santa Cruz, late 1800's. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

Girabaldi House in Santa Cruz, late 1800’s. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

Photo #2:

Interior of Girabaldi House, Santa Cruz late 1800's. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

Interior of Girabaldi House, Santa Cruz late 1800’s. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

Photo #3:

Garibaldi  Villa Hotel, late 1800's (on Pacific Ave?) in Santa Cruz. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

Garibaldi Villa Hotel, late 1800’s (on Pacific Ave?) in Santa Cruz. Courtesy of Jim Costella.

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Santa Cruz: 1940’s Chamber of Commerce

circa 1940's Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Brochure, Courtesy SCPL Special Collections.

circa 1940’s Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Brochure, Courtesy SCPL Special Collections.

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Zayante: 1938 Article

1938 newspaper article about the Bottleneck at Zayante Park. Courtesy SCPL.

1938 newspaper article about the Bottleneck at Zayante Park. Courtesy SCPL.

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Oddities: Corpse Couture

Corpse Couture for the Style Conscious.

Corpse Couture for the Style Conscious.

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Brookdale: 1930’s Hollen’s Corner

Hollen’s Corner, Brookdale, Calif. circa 1930’s? Corner of Hwy 9 and Pacific Ave. Courtesy of MAH (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History) Special Collections.

Hollen's Corner, Brookdale, Ca. circa 1940's? Courtesy of MAH.

Hollen’s Corner, Brookdale, Ca. circa 1930’s? Courtesy of MAH.

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Ben Lomond: Swimming Hole Mystery Solved?

Steve: see Derek Whaley’s photo and response below re: your request about the swimming hole you recall from the 1950’s. Does this look/sound familiar?

Derek writes:

It could be the swimming hole near Siesta in Brookdale. There are still remnants of a swimming hole there with stone walls and the remains of a plank-built dam. You can kind of see it in this photograph. There are actually two swimming holes in this photo, the large one at the bottom and a smaller one at the top. The top one is the one with the stone walls. It’s right under the Irwin Way bridge.

Swimming hole, San Lorenzo River near Siesta in Brookdale under Irwin Way Bridge. Courtesy of Derek Whaley.

Swimming hole, San Lorenzo River near Siesta in Brookdale under Irwin Way Bridge. Courtesy of Derek Whaley.

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Ben Lomond: Reader Question. Can You Help?

Can anyone help Steve identify this particular location? Thanks!

Old Swimming Hole

  • Steve
  • Apr 6 at 10:47 AM
To
  • Vicki Wees
Hi Vickie,

I learned to swim at an old swimming hole in the late 1950s.  I believe it was between Ben Lomond, either on the San Lorenzo River or on one of its tributaries.  The spot had a very small sandy beach where you could walk into the water.  (The water at the dam in Ben Lomond was too deep for a small kid like me to safely learn how to swim.)

The swimming hole beach was small as there was a smooth rock wall that served as its border.  I recall that there might have been a shallow wall in the water on the right side of the swimming hole.  On the opposite side of the beach there was a rope swing hung on a large tree with lots of exposed roots where you can stand and grab a hold of the rope.

We used to park on a residential street and walk a few hundred yards to get to the swimming hole.  We were very disappointed when some homeowners built fences which blocked the trail.

Do you or your readers remember that swimming hole?  Does anyone have a vintage photo of it?  Thanks!  –Steve

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Boulder Creek: Bracken Brae Bridge

Is this the Bracken Brae bridge in Boulder Creek? Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH.) Front of postcard:

Bracken Brae bridge. Courtesy of MAH. Undated. (Front of postcard.)

Bracken Brae bridge. Courtesy of MAH. Undated. (Front of postcard.)

Back of postcard of Bracken Brae bridge. Boulder Creek? Undated.

Back of postcard of Bracken Brae bridge. Boulder Creek? Undated.

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Boulder Creek: 1982 Fire Dept Photo

New rescue truck for Boulder Creek Fire. Article Courtesy of SCPL Special Collections (Santa Cruz Public Library.)

New Rig

New Rig

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Fascinating Stuff: 1925 Invention

1925 Death Ray Invention

1925 Death Ray Invention

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Santa Cruz: 1879

Where is in Santa Cruz is this? Could this be W. Cliff Dr. and Woodrow?”

Can anyone identify where in Santa Cruz this is? 1879

Can anyone identify where in Santa Cruz this is? 1879

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Where in the Heck is it?

Where in the Heck is it? Circa 1900. Courtesy of MAH.

Where in the Heck is it? Circa 1900. Courtesy of MAH.

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Bonny Doon: 1984 Real Estate Ad

I wonder what this property is worth today, almost 30 years later?

1984 Bonny Doon Real Estate Ad. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library.

1984 Bonny Doon Real Estate Ad. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library.

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i am temp out of order due to injury.

hope to be back in next few weeks. thanks. vicki

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Santa Cruz: 1946 Rates for Transients

Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.

Front

Front

Rates 1946 Santa Cruz

Rates 1946 Santa Cruz

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Skyline Drive: Eddies Grand View

Undated. Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

Undated. Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

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Santa Cruz: 1914 Wharf Opening

1914 Santa Cruz Wharf Opens. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

1914 Santa Cruz Wharf Opens. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

Santa Cruz Fisherman's wharf circa 1940's.

Santa Cruz Fisherman’s Wharf circa 1940’s.

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Boulder Creek: 1910 Cemetery Map

Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.

1910 map of Boulder Creek Cemetery.

1910 map of Boulder Creek Cemetery.

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Then and Now: 1954 Santa Cruz

Then 1954 – Front and W. Cliff:

1954 shot of Front St and West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, Calif.

1954 shot of Front St and West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Now 2013:

Now, July 2013

Now, July 2013

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SLV: 1956 Ads

Love these old ads!

1956 SLV Reporter Ads, Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.

1956 SLV Reporter Ads, Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.

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Then and Now: Ben Lomond

Then 1962:

1962 Snow at Grandma's house 211 Arden Ave. Ben Lomond. Photo courtesy Wees Family.

1962 Snow at Grandma’s house 211 Arden Ave. Ben Lomond. Photo courtesy Wees Family.

Now 2013:

211 Arden Ave. Ben Lomond 2013. Photo by Vicki Wees.

211 Arden Ave. Ben Lomond 2013. Photo by Vicki Wees.

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Vintage Photo: 1926 Felton Acres

Photo Courtesy of Derek Whaley. Thanks Derek!

1926 Photo of Felton Acres, Courtesy of Derek Whaley.

1926 Photo of Felton Acres, Courtesy of Derek Whaley.

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What the Heck Is It? Congrats to WINNER Dan Sedenquist via Facebook

Link courtesy of Ronnie Trubek: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_21805558/century-old-wave-motor-piques-curiosity-santa-cruz

1909 Wave Motor, Cliff Dr (West) Santa Cruz, Cal. Courtesy of MAH.

What the Heck Is It? And What the Heck did it do?
Courtesy of MAH.

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Santa Cruz: ca. 1900 Free Cliff Museum

Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz. Free Cliff Museum. Circa 1900.

Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz. Free Cliff Museum. Circa 1900. Courtesy of MAH.

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What the Heck Is It: ANSWER

Here’s the name of the building at Santa’s Village, Scotts Valley, circa 1960’s:

ANSWER to last post What the Heck Is It? Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Special Collections.

ANSWER to last post What the Heck Is It? Courtesy of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Special Collections.

What the Heck Is It?

What the Heck Is It? ANSWER, Courtesy of MAH (Museum of Art and History.

What the Heck Is It? Courtesy of MAH (Museum of Art and History.

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Vintage Photo: 1940 Hotel Palomar

Front of 1940 postcard of Hotel Palomar. Courtesy of SCPL.

1940 Hotel Palomar. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library.

1940 Hotel Palomar. Courtesy of Santa Cruz Public Library.

Back of postcard:

Back of 1940 postcard.

Back of 1940 postcard.

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Brookdale: Bridge Early 1900’s

Brookdale Bridge. Date unknown. Probably early 1900’s.

Brookdale Bridge, circa early 1900's.

Brookdale Bridge, circa early 1900’s.

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Fun Stuff: 1925 Hair Remover

OUCH!

1925 Hair Removal Tool.

1925 Hair Removal Tool.

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