Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Old Newport Avenue

Today is the 3rd anniversary of San Diego Daily Photo! Last year I posted some old photos and I received some very nice emails from people who knew our family or once lived in Azure Vista. I thought I'd go down memory lane again this year. My aunt has a few old photos of Ocean Beach that her brother had retrieved from a dumpster and this is one of them. The above photo is a close up of the below photo. I really wanted to see those signs - I recognized the Shoe Hospital sign from when I was growing up but it is no longer there today, and in the below photo - on the Strand Theater is says "Buy War Bonds" and further down the street on the right there is a sign for a Piggly Wiggly.
On the back of the photo it was typed: "Ocean Beach....1943. In the 1880's lots sold in Ocean Beach for $60 or $20 down, with a year to pay, no interest. Looking West on Newport. From the historical collection of Title Insurance Company. Union Title Office. 220 A Street, San Diego 12. California. Belmont 9-6081." Incidentally, the Title Insurance Company had quite a photo collection that was given to the San Diego Historical Society in 1979. Below is a photo of Newport Avenue today at about the same spot - a lot has changed including the trees!
So, yay! Why and how are we still doing this!? Because it is fun to see and learn more about our city, because we have great visitors like you, and we get to be creative and hopefully entertaining. Thank you to all of our awesome visitors and special thanks to Alexandra, Expat, and Gayle for their contributions! This city has so much to offer, we aren't done with it yet and are looking forward to another year!


Blogger expat said...

Very cute. I suspect the "Cocktails" sign at extreme top left is the infamous Pacific Shores. If so, it should have been brand new in 1943 -- we were always told that it first opened the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Shoe Hospital was run by old Sammy, a genuine cockney from Soho in London. We got to know Sammy a bit in our Newport Ave bar-hopping days, and always suspected he was a bit "dodgy," as we say.

One more comment -- the barber pole further down marks what was a barber shop until it became the tap room of the bar/restaurant next door. In the 1990s the barber shop was run by Jean Kaiwi. Jean is still barbering the gentlemen of OB, but from a shack on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Best deal, and best conversation, in town.

Tue Mar 31, 11:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Felicia!
What an accomplishment! Thank you so much for the daily dose of SD, it's always a good antidote to my home sickenss. It's also been fun giving AL a visual tour our hometown, via your eyes.
Keep 'em coming!

Tue Mar 31, 02:15:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very nice pairing. In the middle distance is a sloping tiled roof, of a slightly 'Mission' style building. This was contracted to be the Bank of Italy; by the time it was finished the new name was Bank of America (about 1921). Now it is a Starbucks.
Richard (SAN)

Tue Mar 31, 03:40:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for posting your pictures.

Hope you continue to post for many years more as I have enjoyed thm.


Tue Mar 31, 04:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ::aaron g:: said...

Happy anniversary. I really enjoy visiting this site.

Tue Mar 31, 07:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie said...

Look at all those drug stores in that block. By the time I got there, Adlers was on the left...going toward the ocean, and there was a big mom and pop drug store in the Cord's building on the corner of Cable and Newport.

Yes too, that scateboard park is so cool now that it's free, but the flood control channel was much more fun when you could just park down there and party. LOL

Wed Apr 01, 06:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Thanks everyone! And my, how this street / this city has changed. Expat, I think you are right about Pacific Shores - I could see the end of their neon lettering in the old photo. Interestingly that is one place that doesn't look like it has changed much!

Thu Apr 02, 02:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Olivier said...

avec un peu de retard, félicitation pour le 3eme anniversaire de ton blog. Bonne continuité

a little late, congratulations on the 3rd anniversary of your blog. Continuity

Thu Apr 02, 09:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kim said...

Felicia, so sorry to be late with these congratulations on your 3rd Blogoversary. The announcement seems to have just shown up on the Forum News today.

Your SDDP blog has been a special fave of mine since the beginning. It has been fun to see SD daily and to read your always interesting posts. I remember when I started blogging I tried to emulate your Friday food posts because I love them so much (and just dreaming about the great Mexican food you can take for granted there). Well, I think me keeping up with that lasted about a week. HA! :-).

I really enjoy seeing these old and new shots and noting the differences and similarities. Reading ExPat's comments helps me appreciate the scenes even more. Very fun.

Here is to you and the lovely sunny skies you share with us from San Diego. Hope this next year is filled with great shots and new discoveries for you. Cheers!

Thu Apr 02, 10:45:00 PM PDT  
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