Saturday, May 07, 2016
Today I have kind of a lazy "quickie" post for you. Sorry! I have more vintage photos from Catalina Island, just off the coast of Los Angeles. I did another post about Catalina last year that had a lot more useful information, take a look HERE.
All of today's slides were in thick, heavy plastic mounts, I've never seen anything like them. And while they were undated, I believe that they are from the 1950's.
A common sight was the old S.S. Catalina, the ferry that transported visitors to and from the island in style; the trip only took about 20 minutes. I love the old-fashioned look of this vessel, with that nearly-vertical bow. I wonder how those life rafts would have been deployed (had they ever been needed)... did they just slide sideways into the sea?
When arriving or departing, there was often a band to serenade guests. What are they playing? My guess is "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay". It's the perfect song for all occasions. OK, smarties, what in the world is that strange structure that the musicians are standing beneath?
Of course, no group of Catalina photos is complete without a shot of the famous casino. It is a pretty striking building. I'd like to imagine myself visiting the island in the 1940's, where I'd rub elbows with the Hollywood elite!