Aerial Seal Beach – 1936 and 1947
We’re doing things a little different in today’s aerial photos. Instead of presenting just one aerial photo, we’d like to highlight the contrast between two similar shots taken eleven years apart.
This is what The area on the beach side of Electric Avenue and East of Thirteenth Street looked like almost eighty-five years ago. Considering how jam-packed Seal Way and Dolphin Avenue is today, it’s startling to see so many empty lots. The Pacific Electric line still runs to the end of Electric Avenue and crosses Anaheim Bay past Anaheim Landing and Surfside homes.
Eleven years later, the Navy has transformed Anaheim Landing into a military harbor and almost all the homes that were there in 1936 have been relocated or demolished. The Pacific Electric line has be re-routed at 15th Street to meet and follow the coast highway. There are fewer vacant lots as the post-war economic and California real estate boom hits full stride.
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– Michael Dobkins
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