Met with the Seal Beach Centennial history committee yesterday. What a colorful bunch! We’re busy working on all sorts of historical events and activities for 2015. Check back here for more centennial news and announcements over the next few months. – Slick D. Seal
If all our the posts on Seal Beach’s past have whetted your appetite for more local history, boy, are you in for a treat. History Press just released local historian and author Larry Strawther’s latest book, Seal Beach: A Brief History and it is a must-read for anyone interested in Seal Beach’s past.
Now some of you may be saying, “Slick, aren’t there already two books on Seal Beach history? Some cities get along just fine with only one history book. Why the heck do we need another one?”
This is just the opinion of one aquatic mammal, but what makes this new book so special and unique is the depth of the research. Strawther has uncovered information that no one has seen before. Within 208 pages, Seal Beach: A Brief History provides a comprehensive look at Anaheim Landing, Philip Stanton, The Joy Zone, gambling on Main Street and much more. Even if you fancy yourself a Seal Beach expert, you will discover colorful tidbits about the city you never knew.
You can buy Seal Beach: A Brief History directly from the author at historysb.com (His earlier book, A Brief History of Los Alamitos & Rossmoor is also available.)
You can also join the Facebook page for the book at facebook.com/sealbeachhistory where Larry has been posting some great photos and historical tidbits. Tell Larry Slick sent you.
The Seal Beach Lions Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The Lions are seeking images from their early years or of the much-beloved Dr. Homer DeSadeleer, who was a Lions member for forty-eight years. If you have any old Lions pictures, they would appreciate you’re sharing them with the club.
While The Lions will gladly welcome any scanned historical Lion images or photographs throughout the year, they especially need some for the next meeting by March 7th.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with scanned images and/or information on leads for more photos. We’ll forward them to the Lions Club.
We’re busy working on the historical slide show for Sunday night, but if you’re jonesing for more local history right now, there are a couple blogs that will sate your appetite for more about the bygone days of Seal Beach.
The first link we want to share is to a fantastic new historical blog, The “Sealing” of Seal Beach by local historian and writer, Claudia Burnett. The blog focuses on the promotional push to build up interest in replacing the generic Bay City moniker with a more romantic and fun “Seal Beach” to enhance its image as an exciting resort city. The most delightful highlight of The “Sealing” of Seal Beach is all the wonderful Seal Beach ads featuring cartoon seals and over-top ad copy marketing Seal Beach as “Where Your Dreams Come True.”
Click here if you want some great insights into the efforts that lead up to the official incorporation of Seal Beach as a new city in October 1915, you couldn’t find a better place to start.
Click here to see a July 2013 post about Anaheim Landing by Natalie Sanchez on her Sunshine Grove blog. Her post includes some contemporary and historical photos of Anaheim Landing.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you on Sunday!
Photos by Libby Appelgate. Enjoy!