Fun Stuff: Testicle Festival 2015

Testicle Festival 2015 Sept. 26th Estrada's Deer Camp, Watsonville

Testicle Festival 2015 Sept. 26th Estrada’s Deer Camp, Watsonville

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Santa Cruz: 1890’s Map

1890's Santa Cruz Map - Steinegger.

1890’s Santa Cruz Map – Steinegger.

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Fun Stuff: Thought for the Day, by George Takei

Courtesy of George Takei.

Courtesy of George Takei.

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Moss Landing: 1919 First Whale Caught (3 photos)

These 3 fascinating photos were sent to me by reader Carol Harrington:

Photo#1:

1919 Moss Landing, Ca. First Whale Caught. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

Jan. 23, 1919 Moss Landing, Ca. First Whale Caught. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

Photo#2:

Moss Landing, CA. 1919

Moss Landing, CA. 1919

Photo#3:

Moss Landing, CA. 1919

Moss Landing, CA. 1919

 

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Where in the Heck is it? Circa 1890’s

Can you guess where this photo was taken? Hint: Santa Cruz County, late 1890’s:

Can you guess? Where in the Heck is it? Courtesy of MAH (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.)

Can you guess? Where in the Heck is it? Courtesy of MAH (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.)

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Santa Cruz: High School 1918/19

Santa Cruz High School cooking class 1918/19. Lora DeWald is 3rd from right.

Santa Cruz High School cooking class 1918/1919. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

Santa Cruz High School cooking class 1918/1919. Courtesy of Carol Harrington.

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Genealogy: Adam + Eve (2 pages) 4004 b.c.

I never knew Adam and Eve were direct descendants of Methuselah, born 3317 b.c.

Adam and Eve Genealogy Chart

PAGE 1: Adam and Eve Genealogy Chart

Adam and Eve, direct descendants of Methuselah, born 3317 b.c.

PAGE 2: Adam and Eve, direct descendants of Methuselah, born 3317 b.c.

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Salinas River: 1914 Flood – King City

U.S Mail delivery across Salinas River after 1914 flood, King City, California:

1914 Postcard of U.S mail delivery after Salinas River flood, King City, CA. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

1914 Postcard of U.S mail delivery after Salinas River flood, King City, CA. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

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Carmel: Old Custom House

Is this a joke? Looks more like an outhouse. Love the dapper gent in the photo!

Old Custom House at Carmel by the Ocean. Date unknown. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

Old Custom House at Carmel by the Ocean. Date unknown. Courtesy Carol Harrington.

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Boulder Creek: Then and Now

Then – ca. 1918 Berry Falls, Big Basin State Park, Boulder Creek:

Circa 1918 Gilla Dolly De Wald, Berry Falls, Big Basin State Park Boulder Creek. Courtesy of Thelma De Wald Dalman.

Circa 1918 Gilla Dolly De Wald, Berry Falls, Big Basin State Park Boulder Creek. Courtesy of Thelma De Wald Dalman.

Now 2014:

2014 Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin State Park, Boulder Creek. Courtesy of Stefani Wormington.

2014 Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin State Park, Boulder Creek. Courtesy of Stefani Wormington.

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Scotts Valley: Circa 1940’s

Camp Evers Photo, Courtesy of UCSC Special Collections:

Circa 1940's Camp Evers, corner of what is now Scotts Valley Dr. and Mt. Hermon Rd. Courtesy UCSC Special Collections.

Circa 1940’s Camp Evers, corner of what is now Scotts Valley Dr. and Mt. Hermon Rd. Courtesy UCSC Special Collections.

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Davenport: 1955 Fallout Shelter

Davenport Family Fallout Shelter, 1955. Courtesy of SCPL (Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.)

Davenport: McCrary Family Fallout Shelter, 1955. Courtesy of SCPL (Santa Cruz Public Library, Special Collections.)

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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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