Author Archives: Bruce

May 22 – 28, 2017

WALT DISNEY VISITING THE BOARDWALK IN 1962.  Yes, that’s Uncle Walt himself taking a puff while he’s visiting and checking the Boardwalk’s latest rides especially the rail car ride to see what’ll work in Anaheim. Walt was a chain smoker, … Continue reading

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May 15 – 21, 2017

WEST CLIFF DRIVE CIRCA 1960. That’s Bay Street on the far right heading on to West Cliff Drive and Cowell Street way off to the left. This is of course the site of the Dream Inn and The Sea and … Continue reading

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May 8 – 14, 2017

PACIFIC AVENUE AND COOPER STREETS Oct. 16, 1900. If you squint you can see the early offices of The Sentinel Printing Company on the left. You can also see the parade is going north and south at the same time. … Continue reading

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May 1 – 7, 2017

CABRILLO COMMUNITY CAMPUS 1967. Remember these good old days when the entire community was so proud of Cabrillo College? Remember when the teachers were so active and sincere and involved? What ever happened to the mutual pride we had for … Continue reading

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April 25 – May 1, 2017

PRE-DRONE PHOTO OF SANTA’S VILLAGE May 29,1957. Wikipedia says…. “In 1956 the Lawridge dairy farm, alongside Highway 17 in Scotts Valley, was leased to southern California developer Glenn Holland. He had already developed Santa’s Village in 1955, in San Bernardino … Continue reading

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April 19 – 25, 2017

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ 1884. This lovely Swanton House stood at 850 Front Street. It was destroyed by on May 30 1887 May 30. It was built over the Bonner stables and stood right where the post office is today. Built … Continue reading

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April 12 – 18, 2017

EARLIEST KNOWN PHOTO OF DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. Somehow you can almost tell that this is the corner of Water, Front (then called  Willow) Pacific Mission and Main  Streets. The year was 1860. Just think how back then the folks had … Continue reading

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April 5 – 11, 2017

THE GOODTIME WASHBOARD 3 with BING CROSBY. That’s Wayne Pope on the left, then  Bing Crosby, Bruce Bratton on washtub bass and Pete Arnott with banjo on the far right. This was on Bing’s nationwide TV show The Hollywood Palace. … Continue reading

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March 29 – April 4, 2017

PACIFIC AVENUE January 26, 1965. Note Palace Stationers and Webers Photo Shop in their original locations next door to each other in the I.O.O.F. (International Order Odd Fellows) Building.  The Palomar Building has Del Williams Jewelers  and Ferrari Florists. Beyond … Continue reading

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March 22 – 28, 2017

PACIFIC AND CATHCART STREETS, Downtown Santa Cruz, November 29, 1950. This is where you’ll find Kianti’s Pizza and Hoffman’s Bistro.  The building that says “Fulmer’s Furniture” was once upon a time  known as The Good Times Building. It was owned … Continue reading

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