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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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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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Perfectly Lovely Santa Cruz

Horses on the Beach in Santa Cruz

Beach cabanas, horses, carriages and the beach trolley rolling down the track at the boardwalk? The author of this postcard was right, it certainly is lovely here in Santa Cruz! Will try to stop over Monday night. Am having a fine time. Tis perfectly lovely here Dasy Oakland, Cal. JUN 78 -PM1911 Boulder Creek Cal. […]

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Santa Cruz Surf - Pehea oe

Pehea ‘oe?

Many of the cards we post are difficult to read. But on this postcard sent from Santa Cruz to Honolulu in 1905 Luika’s handwriting is beautiful! “Pehea oe”? Write some day. – Aloha nui from Luika. 4.-24.-’05. Dear “Ikabella” On the surf at Sta. Cruz. wish you were here: will go to los Angeles this […]

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