Category Archives: Seal Beach History

December 14th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1980, the Los Angeles Times ran this ad for the Bed and Breakfast Inn. – Michael Dobkins Advertisements

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December 13th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1959, the Los Angeles Times ran a profile of a do-it-yourself project that members of the Seal Beach Police Department were spending their free time working on. The last time we visited the Seal Beach Police … Continue reading

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December 12th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1924, The Captain’s Inn opened in building where the scandalous Tower Cafe once operated in Anaheim Landing on Electric Avenue and Bay Boulevard. The Captain was Captain James Edward Brink, who served under General Pershing in … Continue reading

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Bruce Brown 1937 – 2017

I’m sorry I have some sad news to share. Documentary and early surf movie filmmaker Bruce Brown passed away last night nine days after his 80th birthday. Seal Beach folk will probably know him best for The Endless Summer, the … Continue reading

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December 11th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1965, engineers seeking employment could open up the help wanted section in the Los Angeles Times classifieds and hit the employment opportunity jackpot with this ad for openings at The Seal Beach Facility of North American … Continue reading

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December 10th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1961, The Hilltop House at 1300 Crestview Avenue had its premier showing. This home was priced at $37,000 (about $300,000 in 2017 dollars), had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an all electric kitchen, cell heating with thermostat … Continue reading

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December 9th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1960, The Los Angeles Times ran this photo of Seal Beach Mayor Norma Gibbs with her newborn daughter, Norma Jean. Thanks to reader T. A.Harvey, you can catch up on what Norma’s been doing since 1960 … Continue reading

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December 8th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, the Orange County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Lee Garnsey to construct a road along the coast from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach. The price for three miles of road between Seal Beach … Continue reading

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December 7th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1954, the Seal Beach city council voted to agree with a proposal to remove the Ocean Avenue bridge that crossed over Alamitos Bay from Seal Beach to the Long Beach peninsula. The removal of the bridge … Continue reading

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December 6th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1979, the following ad ran for La Vail Specialty Boutique in the Los Angeles Times.  La Vail founder Marjorie Hobbs named the shop after her grandmother. The shop discretely catered to women with mastectomies, inspired by … Continue reading

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