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Venice Pier, Sept. 1940. Tommy Zahn collection.

 September 1940 - the surfing area just north of Sunset Pier, with Venice Pier visible on the right. Note the interesting architecture of the building in the background, possibly some sort of amusement ride. Photo from the Tommy Zahn Collection.



Anonymous cal porter said...

The "building with the interesting architecture" is the Dragon Slide; you would slide down this bamboo shoot on a burlap bag at great speed. Alongside is the Ship Cafe that had been there since the early 1900's. The Fun House is the building to the left. Fat Frank, lobster trapper, lived under the pier at the end where the rock breakwater is. Waves sometimes broke far out beyond the breakwater; I've had a few out there. The surfer on the right on the little inside wave is very possibly me. Cal Porter

January 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

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