Postcards from Southern California

Postcards from the desert -- by Joe Reifer
Postcards from the desert -- by Joe Reifer

CALIFORNIA YUCCA IN BLOOM These unusual plants are found in the foothills and canyons of Southern California, a familiar sight in the spring. Color Photo by Wm. Graham

MONOLITH PORTLAND CEMENT COMPANY At Monolith, near Tehachapi, California. One of the largest cement producing plants in California. Color Photography by Max Mahon

GRISWOLD'S Our food is made with butter and love Smorgasbord   Bakery   Gift Shop Interstate 10 at Ford Street Redlands, Calif.   Phone: (714) 793-2158 Also in Claremont: Foothill Blvd. at Indian Hill

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Found: A postcard from Tecopa

Toast to Tecopa Postcard -- front
Toast to Tecopa Postcard -- front

I purchased the Tecopa Hot Springs postcard referenced in my previous post a few weeks back. The postcard arrived in the mail today, and I got a pleasant surprise -- the card is postmarked December 1966, and has an entertaining story:

Toast to Tecopa Postcard -- back
Toast to Tecopa Postcard -- back

FS-369 -- Tecopa Hot Springs, California The picturesque village of Tecopa located near the world famous health giving hot springs that attract people from all over the nation.

Dec. 28 [1966]

Dear Lu & Bill,

Harold was sick in Bakersfield. I drove from Mojave to Barstow. Tehachapi had heavy snow. Wind blew cold and hard the first night. The accomodations [sic] here are a joke. Baths are good. Weather here is nice now. Harold has stopped 4 times for him to burp up. Will leave here Fri. Couldn't get [???] on way here.

Love,

Harold & Clara

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Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

Powell Street Plaza, San Francisco, 8-30-1978
Powell Street Plaza, San Francisco, 8-30-1978

From left to right we have a dancing (?) guy with his face cropped off, a row of dudes with their heads cropped off, the blonde girl in the flares, the old guy staring into the camera thinking "what are you taking a picture of?", and the guy entering the scene on the right who is in sharp focus. The energy and dynamics of this image thrill me. Put this one in the dictionary under "snapshot aesthetic."

A dog named Flash?
A dog named Flash?

If the sunlight wasn't shining on the chair at bottom right, the blown out by sunlight dog yapping at bottom center might be more of a mystery. I guess the camera didn't have highlight tone priority. The mother / daughter (?) energy is jovial, I love the colorful shirt -- but Dad, try to give Lassie a treat now and then so he won't bark so much, OK?

These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin' parties.
These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin' parties.
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