Saturday, August 02, 2014
I've been sorting through my boxes of slides, and scanned some random vintage images from around Calfornia. Here are a few of them!
This impressive, ornate structure is the old San Joaquin County Court House, in downtown Stockton. Here is some info about it: Built in 1890 at a cost of $257,817.37, it was the last word in design at that time. Everything was on a grand scale. Columns were immense, hallways spacious, ceilings high and lighted by the latest in gas lamps. Woodwork was intricate and in fine mahogany and walnut hardwoods. The floor tile was imported from Belgium, its pattern reflecting the Byzantine period.
The building stood for 70 years before being razed in 1961.
It was replaced with this magnificent architectural delight...
… and this is a rendering of the next courthouse (to be built in a year or two). Some people think it's an improvement on the previous iteration, though it looks like the back of a refrigerator to me.
Here's a picture of a place I had never heard of, "Camp Sacramento" (according to the hand-written label). I found a Camp Sacramento on Google Maps, but it appeared to be more of a children's camp and not a destination for skiing. Who knows. Anyway, I love the busy and picturesque little ski lodge, and the snowy slope with the deep blue sky behind it; And the cars, wow! Especially that unusual pink convertible with the invisible movie star standing next to it (the movie star forgot that her boots would still be visible).
And finally, here is a stylish couple hanging out at Corriganville. It was a genuine movie ranch (in Simi Valley) that was turned into a tourist destination. See some pictures of it looking less deserted HERE. I'm not sure why it is so empty, but it would be a fun place to explore when the crowds were away.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to California!