Classic Orange County

Despite the strip malls and tract housing, Orange County has a pretty vibrant past. You just have to know where to look…

  • Justin Mason pointed to a whole bunch of exceptional photos and post cards from the early days of Orange County. I don’t want to believe that South Coast Plaza didn’t always have loads of crap around it, but this picture tells a different story.
  • For those of you who happen to be geeks of the Disney persuasion, this photo tour of classic Disneyland [see: 50’s and 60’s] is worth going over. It’s assembled from a whole plethora of classic tourist photos that really manage to capture the era.
  • Those of you who are hep to the dying artform of Googie architecture know that Anaheim was a hotbed for it from the 50’s thru the 80’s. An archive of Anaheim’s way out [but now mostly demolished] buildings can be found here. The Anaheim Central Library has a great physical archive that you can spend an afternoon losing yourself in.

I’m well aware that I’m only scratching the surface – but I’m a lazy sod who loves audience participation. What’re your favorite virtual and physical manifestations of classic Orange County? Inquiring minds want to know.

2 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on October 7th, 2004 @ 11:18 am

    ooh — thanks for the Googie links! I love that stuff, great to know there’s still some around in Anaheim, too. A drive up some weekend may be in order!

    There’s also the Parasol, in Seal Beach — another Googie masterpiece, although apparently also marked for demolition. :( pics and a petition can be found at .

  2. Meridian (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 5:51 am


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