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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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Santa Cruz Beach Postcard

Everything is as Usual in Santa Cruz

There is nothing quite as heartwarming as a letter written out of obligation. As these parents must have been very happy to learn, their son was doing just fine and that “Everything is as usual” in Santa Cruz. Maybe kids haven’t changed so much after all..? Watsonville Mar 21 330 PM 1942 Calif

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The cement ship

History of the Seacliff Beach Cement Ship

One of the most remarkable landmarks along the Santa Cruz coastline is the S. S. Palo Alto, more traditionally known as the old “cement ship”. Lodged at the end of the Seacliff State Beach fishing pier in Aptos, the ship remains a nostalgic symbol of local life and activities from the past. Long before the […]

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Nickel mint popcorn and peanut wagon, at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum.

Playing with History: Vintage Toys and Games at the SLV Museum

Every mid-December, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum presents a holiday exhibition that reflects the festive cultural spirit of the community. This year, the tradition continues with the fun-filled Playing with History, a collection of locally owned vintage toys and games on display through early January, 2017. Playing with History introduces visitors to locals and lifestyles from […]

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Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium – 1948

This Post Card celebrating the opening of the the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium was sent from Santa Cruz to Worcester Massachusetts 68 years ago.Ma Green was surprised to see the weather doing fine and the trees all in bud during November. Its fun to recognize these Santa Cruz weather oddities that we see regularly and […]

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