Howard Rozelle has written April 24, 1955 on the back of this mystery aerial

Nancy Watson Wingo correctly identified the shot as looking northwest to downtown La Jolla, California

WHO WAS HOWARD ROZELLE? Howard and Florence Rozelle moved to San Diego from Indiana during WWII and, amazingly, did not go to work for Convair. Howard worked as a Chevrolet mechanic during the week and frequently, on weekends, devoted himself to taking photos, often from the air. He was not allowed to take aerials during the war, but was back at it shortly after VJ Day. I met Howard, if memory serves, in 1978, shortly after he retired from Courtesy Chevrolet. The following year I “retired” from teaching at Morse High School and Howard and I co-founded the Pacific Beach Historical Society. We had a great time converting his photos into slide shows, which we featured at meetings of the society. Howard passed away at the age of 90 on July 4, 1991. Florence celebrated her 100th birthday March 15, 2010


Tijuana, BC

VJ Day in San Diego

5th & Market 1912
(San Diego Historical Society photo)

El Cajon Boulevard 1910
(San Diego Historical Society photo)

Bayview Terrace Housing

Hotel del Coronado
(Lee Passmore photo)

Junipero Serra Museum Dedication
(Lee Passmore photo)

Demolition of the Chollas Towers
(John Fry photos)

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


North La Mesa

Paradise Hills

San Diego Bay to the desert

East San Diego to Point Loma

Lemon Grove

Ocean Beach Pier

Sorrento Valley

East Pacific Beach

Solar Aircraft

Montgomery Field

La Jolla

Balboa Stadium

Amaya Drive

San Diego DMV


More Rancho Drive-In Aerials

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

Mission Valley Center West

Ferry Landing

Lindbergh Field

Allied Gardens

32nd Street Quonset Huts

Wabash & Highway 94

Westgate Park

Highway 101 & 80

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