Author Archive | Jon Rawls

Santa Cruz Speedboat

Memories of Summer in Santa Cruz

Postcards from Santa Cruz’s past. From the sounds of Seal Rock, to the speed of 630 horsepower racing from the Santa Cruz Pleasure Pier, Santa Cruz has always had great Augusts. These three cards capture tiny glimpses from summers long past, all the way back to 1906. Santa Cruz, Calif. Aug 17 6 – PM […]

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Trips to Santa Cruz, 1937 and 1938

I get worried I’ll drop my phone if I try and record on the Dipper, and this person brought along their film camera for the ride! From the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County: A Mattos family trip to Santa Cruz along Highway 17 in 1937 transitions into another visit to Santa Cruz in ’38. […]

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Rude Shady postcard from Santa Cruz

Shady in Santa Cruz

Someone was playing favorites when they sent this Santa Cruz postcard. There are so many things going on in this postcard. From the Sombrero on the right, the wonky hand-painted and foggy horizon on the left and Goldilocks prancing in the surf while her jilted friends stand on the beach wondering why they even came […]

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Seabright Hotel and Station

All Aboard the Seabright Trolley!

The front of this card shows a trolley pulling up to the Seabright Hotel and Station. The Seabright Station was used and advertised as an Aquatic Getaway to folks in San Francisco and San Jose, mostly between the 1890’s and 1910’s. Really, not an uncommon story in the history of Santa Cruz’s neighborhoods. Santa Cruz, […]

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