Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Balboa, Orange County Archives and Katella

Today's images of Downtown Balboa come from Tom Pulley's amazing postcard collection. The first (top) is from sometime around the 1910s, and the second image is from World War II. Although much has changed, both views are still pretty recognizable today.
The Orange County Archives will hold a free Open House this Saturday, Sept. 26, 10am-4pm. The Archives are very rarely open on weekends. If you normally can't get in to do research during the week, this is your chance. "Behind the scenes" tours will be available. The Old Courthouse Museum (upstairs) and the Dr. Howe-Waffle House Museum (next door) will also be open that day and offering tours. These events are held in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day.
On Sunday at 2pm, the Anaheim Historical Society will hold their annual Ice Cream Social at the GardenWalk shopping center at 321 W. Katella Ave. The City of Anaheim's Heritage Services Manager, Jane Newell, will discuss the lives of Kate and Ella Rea, for whom Katella Avenue was named.


Viewliner Ltd. said...

Incredible postcards. Still looks very familiar to me. Spent many days of my youth working and enjoying myself in this area.

Kevin Kidney said...

Great images. See you Sunday at the ice cream social, Chris!

Chris Merritt said...

I spent my summers at Balboa as a kid - great images!

Doug said...

Growing up a few streets south of Katella Ave, I often heard the "story" of Kate and Ella...They should have a plaque in their honor.