Pacific Beach circa 1960

It was Donut Thursday at Starbucks -- and July 4, 2013 -- when Mission Bay High grad Johnnie Wilding espied his old classmate Pete Gerrity coming in to the store. Turns out Pete has been living in Columbus, Ohio but wanted to share the photo above, which he had in his phone. I wish I know who took it. I'm putting a 1960 date on it, because I can't believe anyone in Pacific Beach could afford a new 1957 Ford or Chevy. Actually, that might be a black 1960 Buick behind the Jeep. I assume you recognized the intersection of Mission Blvd and Garnet Avenue, with Crystal Pier at the rear. It's nice to see the old Food Basket, which later became a Lucky Market -- but the real nostalgia lies with the Oscar's Drive-In sign on the left.

Following up a lead, I discovered three more photos that may have been taken at the same time.. Below is a shot that looks East from the end of Crystal Pier. Food Basket can be seen beyond the pier on the left, and Miller's West Department Store -- at the southeast corner of Garnet and Mission -- on the right.

This photo looks east from the Denny's driveway. The old Security Pacific Bank can be seen in the right center, with J. C. Penneys beyond that. At the left is Taylor Realtors which, for quite some time has been Moondoggie's.

The photo below looke east from the foot of Grand Avenue. Old timers might be able to spot Parker House Bakery on the left. IHOP has occupied the spot for many years. All manner and make and color of vintage cars catch the eye. At the intersection of Mission Blvd it looks like a turquoise Studebaker is about to take out a red and white Nash Rambler. The '54 Chevy on the right is painted in a color popular that year. It always reminded me of French Dressing.

La Mesa 1912

Lemon Grove 1911

Encanto 1915

Spring Valley circa 1900

Douglas TBDs over Rose Canyon 1938

Lakeside 1900

Main Street in Ramona 1912

Highway 101 in Solana Beach 1928

The Alibi Club at Crystal Pier 1952

Early Automobile Club Maps of San Diego

Mission Cliff Gardens 1916

Alabama and El Cajon Blvd 1942

30th and University 1930

Braemar, Pacific Beach 1926

San Diego State 1968

5th & Market 1912

El Cajon Boulevard 1910

Hotel del Coronado 1935

Junipero Serra Museum Dedication 1929

Demolition of the Chollas Towers 1995

San Diego State, 1935

Three Views of Crown Point

Snow in San Diego, February 27, 2011

Two Views from Point Loma, 1932 and 2010

San Diego, 1876

Panorama Drive, 1947

Pacific Beach Chevron, 1946-2020

Crawford High School 1957-1961

Oscar's Drive-In, Pacific Beach circa 1955

Horton Plaza 1886

El Cajon 1895

Encanto circa 1955

47th & Federal, 1946

Del Mar Train Station, 1910

San Diego Mothball Fleet, 1950

Pacific Beach: 1925

Crystal Pier: 1946

Santa Fe Train Station: 1920

San Diego Streetcars: 1950


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