Dedication of the Junipero Serra Museum and Presidio Park on July 16, 1929. See the display at the bottom center of the photo? It says "Hot Peanuts". Click HERE to read about the event. (San Diego Historical Society photo by Lee Passmore)

Back in the 1950s Lee Passmore was our neighbor, of sorts. He lived on a large double-sized lot on 49th St on the corner of an alley outlet, near Monroe. We lived on 51st St ,closer to El Cajon Blvd. His lot was hedged in by tall Eugenia bushes. The words "dun movin'" were burnt onto a picket holding his old wooden gate together. It looked like he'd lived there for years and years. My mom interacted with him a few times, and twice I was in his house. To me he seemed like a hermit with an eerie hobby: collecting tarantulas. Everywhere in his house I remember seeing tarantulas: under glass, in jars, and pinned to the walls. Eek! There may have been snakes in jars also. Even though I was quite the Tom Boy, to this 9 year-old girl, it was a place from which nightmares came. I loved growing up in San Diego -- Bev Pope Wagner ’64

Turns out Bev's memories of Lee are correct. Click HERE to see the fabulous web site Lee's great-grandson has created. It shows photographs, postcards -- and tarantulas.


Demolition of the Chollas Towers

Belmont Park

Campanile and Montezuma

Esquire Motors

Midway Drive Farmer's Market

The Ocean Beach Bridge

University of San Diego

From La Jolla to Mexico

Pacific Beach

Still a mystery

Casa de Oro

Loma Portal

Highway 80 at Baltimore

San Diego Yacht Club


Frontier Housing

B Street Pier and Lane Field


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San Diego Bay to the desert

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Lemon Grove

Ocean Beach Pier

Sorrento Valley

East Pacific Beach

Solar Aircraft

Montgomery Field

La Jolla

Balboa Stadium

Amaya Drive

San Diego DMV


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San Diego All City Catholic Boys Concert

Lomita Village

Naval Training Center

San Diego/National City

Pacific Beach

San Diego Rowing Club

East San Diego

University City and Clairemont

I-15 Completion

Street & Sons Auto Wrecking

D & H Auto Service

Mystery Aerial

Lake Murray

Rancho Drive-In

Mrs. Conkling's Delivery Truck

Balboa Park

Mission Valley Center

East San Diego (and a lot more)

Blessed Sacrament Church

Balboa Stadium

32nd Street Mothball Fleet

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Ferry Landing

Lindbergh Field

Allied Gardens

32nd Street Quonset Huts

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