May 29th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1966, the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram announced that North Sails of Newport Bay was now North Sails of Alamitos Bay. The change was commemorated with a move into a brand new blue and white building at 913 Electric Avenue. The most noteworthy feature of this new building was that it featured “5300 square feet of sail aloft with offices downstairs.” 

– Michael Dobkins

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May 28th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1950, a teeny, tiny ad appeared in the Gift Shops section of Long Beach Independent for the Friendly Nook at 137 ½ Main Street offering 24 hour service on hemstitching.May_28_1950_Friendly_Nook_ad

– Michael Dobkins

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May 26th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1955, Marine Boat ran the following advertisement in the Long Beach Independent to attract customers interest in a low-cost command of their own live-aboard, sleep-aboard cruising craft powered Evinrude Big Twin outboard motor!

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– Michael Dobkins

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May 25th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1939, you could enjoy entertainment by that well-known maestro, Raymond Jasper and His Five Counts of Rhythm while enjoying a 65 cent, 75 cent, or a one dollar dinner in Seal Beach’s very own happening night spot, Garden of Allah (and a lot happened there).

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Garden of Allah was located at 800 Pacific Coast Highway. Over the years this same address has presented to discerning locals and coast highway commuters such fine establishments as Larry’s Goldfingers A-Go-Go, Surfer Girl A-Go-Go, Jack In The Box, and, for now at least, Fresh and Easy.

– Michael Dobkins

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May 20th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1939, Andy’s Fish Pond ran the following ad in the Santa Ana Register.

May_20_1939_Andy__039_s_Fish_Pond_adWe know some of our viewers have firsthand memories of Anaheim Landing before the Navy took over in 1944. Can any of them pinpoint which building in this 1939 aerial photograph was 2000 Coast Highway? (Click on any of these images for a larger view.)

1939 Seal Beach

1939 Seal Beach

Here’s a closer view of Anaheim Landing.

1939 Anaheim Landing Close Up

1939 Anaheim Landing Close Up

Our guess is that Andy’s Fish Pond was in one of these two buildings.

1939-Anaheim Bay-Aerial close up circle

– Michael Dobkins

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May 19th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, Seal Beach the Lodge Cafe on Main Street ran this ad in the Santa Ana Register.May_19_1916_Lodge_Cafe_ad

Adams, Beverly and West were a male comedy and singing trio active in 1916.  After some initial success in Chicago, they were booked on a western tour with stops in Portland, Salem, Oakland (where the Oakland Tribune took favorable note of the trio’s “Mr. Snippy’s Nightmare” by calling it “one of the greatest laughing sketches we have ever seen”), San Francisco, and obviously Seal Beach. They appear not to have stayed together past their brief 1916 season in the sun.

And that’s show biz, folks!

The Lodge Cafe's dining room

The Lodge Cafe’s dining room

A wildly inaccurate view of the Lodge Cafe's Exterior at Central Avenue and Main Street.

A wildly inaccurate view of the Lodge Cafe’s Exterior at Central Avenue and Main Street.

 – Michael Dobkins

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May 18th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1974, Seal Beach threw a Fiesta on Main Street, complete with an artists and merchants sidewalk sale, a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, a parade, strolling musicians, and a marimba band! 

May_16_1974_Sidewalk_Sale_Ad – Michael Dobkins

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