August 24th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1920, Seal Beach fans of fresh milk were presented with an opportunity to enjoy the freshest of milk.  A “Fresh Jersey Cow” who was a “fine milker” and”very gentle” was listed for sale in the Santa Ana Register’s classified ads by F. L. Bailey at 259 5th Street.Aug_24_1920_Cow_for_Sale

 

 

Ninety-five years later, F. L. Bailey and the cow are gone and the address has been changed to 412 Marina Drive, but there is still milk (and other beverages) available at Marina Liquor, one of the businesses at this location.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

 

 

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July 31st in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1960, La Scarpa ran this ad in the Long Beach Independent targeting the lucrative feet and toe loving market.

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You won’t find any Capezio shoes at 133 Main Street today, but you can satisfy all your Italian delicatessen needs at Angelo’s Italian Deli. 

Source: Honey Kennedy

Source: HoneyKennedy.com

Capezio still sells shoes today specializing primarily in dance shoes. You can find out more about the company’s 128 year history here, or, if you feel a retro hankering to wear a 1960 specific Capezio shoe style, the company offers a custom-made shoes service that will recreate the company’s past fashion glories for your specific feet and toes.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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July 30th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, Aileen Allen and Her Company of California Mermaids gave a diving and swimming exhibition from the Seal Beach pier, both during the afternoon and during the night. These night-time splish splash-capades were probably scheduled to highlight (Ha! A pun!) the “surf bathing at night” recreational activity made possible by the powerful lighting from the scintillators at the end of the pier. Aug_26_1917_Aileen_Allen_photoIn 1916, Seal Beach’s publicity mill did its best to grind out as many attractions for the new city as possible. Sunset dinners! Carnival and prize dancing! Scintillator surf bathing Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday nights! Weekend fireworks! All this to convince the public that there were “Just Two Places To Go — Seal Beach and Home.”

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Aileen Allen with or without her mermaids was an impressive woman. A member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club and one of the first female athletes registered with the Amateur Athletic Union, she placed fourth in the women’s 3 meter springboard diving competition for the 1920s Olympics and once held the world record for woJuly_22_1917_Aileen_Allen_Photomen’s high-diving. 

Born in 1888, Allen discovered swimming and diving after she married and remained devoted to water sports for the rest of her life. She coached at the Los Angeles Athletic Club after her personal competition days were over and guided many world class athletes to success. She even had a brief movie career as a double for Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties when they did water stunts. 

But Aileen Allen’s connection to Seal Beach doesn’t end with the one-day only diving and swimming exhibition on July 30, 1916. She was back in town twice more for more water sport athletics in September 1918 and July 1919, but perhaps her most notable connection to Seal Beach came in 1947 when she saw a young diver, Pat Keller, at a Long Beach dive meet and invited her to join the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s team.

Keller honed her diving skills at the club and won her first national meet in 1949 (and she also got married.) In 1952 and 1956, she won the Olympic gold medals for springboard and platform diving under her married name and the name she still uses today.

She is, of course, Seal Beach’s own Pat McCormick, local businesswoman and Swimming Hall of Famer.

So let’s all raise a special splashy toast to Aileen Allen in honor of her contributions to Seal Beach’s divey history!

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– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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July 29th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1921, the following advertisement ran in the Santa Ana Register trumpeting the merits of waterfront lots at Anaheim Landing where you can bathe and fish in your backyard and tie your boat to your front porch. And, unknown to tract agent R. D. Richards, the Navy would be taking over in twenty-three years.July_29_1921_Anaheim_Landing_RE_ad– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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July 18th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1948, the Long Beach Independent shared that good news that any lady with a paid escort and the following ad could enjoy fishing on either the Super Express boat or Fishing Express boat every Friday — for free! The Horseshoe or Hunting Flats fishing spots were only 15 or 40 minutes away! Lady anglers rejoice!

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– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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July 17th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1946, the Bay Theatre had its grand opening at 5:30 p.m. with a double feature of John Payne and Maureen O’ Hara in “Sentimental Journey” with “Miss Susie Slagle’s,” starring Sonny Tufts and Veronica Lake.

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The Bay started out as the Beach Theatre, but the Fox West Coast Theatre chain bought, modernized, and renamed it.

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– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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July 16th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed into Seal Beach at 11:40 a.m. on his way to San Diego for a west coast fishing vacation.

Photo by Milan Miller for the Santa Ana Register

Photo by Milan Miller for the Santa Ana Register

The Presidential motorcade stopped briefly in Seal Beach as Los Angeles County patrol car guard passed escort duties to Orange County police officials for a forty mile trip through the county on a coast highway lined with throngs of cheering crowds and patriotic decorations. Accompanying President Roosevelt on the motor trip was Senator McAdoo and his wife.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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