At the request of new reader walterworld, here's a pair of before and after photos. They both show the corner of 4th Street and Sycamore in Santa Ana. The first was taken soon after the the big earthquake of 1933. Note the scaffolding, boarded windows and repairwork. I took the second photo in May 2006. The facades that were replaced after the quake still have a distinctly 1930s look to them.
Jay Jennings, (who posted the Knott's videos I linked to earlier,) now has a blog where he posts bits of Knott's Berry Farm ephemera from his collection.
Thanks to reader bulldog 24, for answering my question about the mysterious orb in yesterday's photo. Turns out it was probably a propane tank.
See you all at the O.C. Historical Society meeting tonight?