May 3rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1974, the much-missed Shoreline Village opened on Seal Beach Boulevard. 

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A local shopping mecca for years, the mall’s initial shops included The Shore Shop, Kid’s Korner, The Bread Board Gourmet Deli, the Ye Olde Ice Cream Parlour, Village Shoes, and J. H. Interior Metal.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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May 2nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1968, the Tastee-Freez chain published the following ad for its Tastee Two Fer promotion in the Long Beach Independent. For years the Tastee-Freez in the Seal Beach Shopping Center (listed as Pacific Coast Highway on Main St. in the ad) was a popular hang-out for teenagers, youngsters, and fans of affordable soft serv ice cream cones.

Three prizes were awarded on June 2nd at each Tastee-Freez location. Does anyone remember who won in Seal Beach?May_2_1968_Tastee_freez_contest_ad

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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May 1st in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1940, it was decided that a movie set would not be built in the tidal flats just northwest of Seal Beach for the Alfred Hitchcock film of “Foreign Correspondent.”

The April 30th edition of the Santa Ana Register warned that on the next day Walter Wanger Productions would start building a road north of Bolsa Avenue and east of the Seal Beach Waterworks to simulate the Dutch countryside, complete with windmills, for their film, “International Correspondent.” The project was estimated to cost $1300, and the film crew was expected to work in town for three weeks.  

Unfortunately, the location scouting had been made during low tide, and the crew discovered that hide tide made the location impractically wet for filming. The only footage from the area that would make it into the actual film would be some second unit shots of a hat being blown along the flats into a channel of water.

Here’s a portion of the windmill scene that would have been filmed in Seal Beach with some quick inserts of the hat in Seal Beach (it’s a plot point, but if you blink you’ll miss it):

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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April 30th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1977, Seal Beach held an old-fashioned sidewalk sale on Main Street.

April_30_1977_Sidewalk_Sale-3– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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April 29th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1906, the Los Angeles Herald ran the following ad:

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Before pushing incorporation as “Seal Beach.” and selling the new city as a fun beachfront amusement zone in the tradition of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, Philip Stanton made a more sedate effort to peddle real estate lots in the less imaginatively named “Bay City.” Renaming Bay City as Seal Beach in 1913 signaled in an era of audacious and more fanciful real estate and city boosterism that often promised more than it delivered.

Oh, and don’t go looking for 315 West Third Street in Los Angeles today. It’s a parking lot.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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April 28th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1918, a lady’s purse was lost in Seal Beach between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

April 28_1918_Lost_PurseThe Santa Ana Register does not report whether there was any response to this May 1st personal ad. There is no way to discover the name of this mother or the fate of her “boys.” Ninety-seven years later, I can’t resist hoping that her “treasured articles” were returned to her and her boys returned un-scarred months later from World War I and lived happy and prosperous lives.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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April 27th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1941, Philip Norton, Inc.  fan the following real estate ad in the Long Beach Independent.  $3670 for an Ocean Avenue home just one hundred feet from the safest beach on the West Coast!

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– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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