Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. Catherine's, Balboa Island, Vans, Catalina, etc.

Today's image is an old postcard from Tom Pulley's collection, showing the library of St. Catherine's Military Academy in Anaheim. I love the old radio and the tile around the fireplace.
Today was a good day for stumbling across things I wasn't expecting. First, I learned there's a Balboa Island Historical Museum. It's open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-2pm, at 502 S. Bayfront, Suite A (upstairs). They ask that you "please call to confirm the hours: (949) 675-3952. Or to make an appointment: (949) 723-4226."
I also ran across a couple books of local historical interest that I didn't know existed,...
First, there's Catalina by Sea: A Transportation History (2006) by Jeannine L. Pedersen of the Catalina Island Museum. It's an Arcadia Publishing book that includes material on the boats between Catalina and various ports, including Dana Point and Newport Harbor.
Also, there's Vans: Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals by Vans Vice President of Marketing, Doug Palladini. Vans has been an Orange County institution since they began as the Van Doren Rubber Co. in 1966. They opened their first store here, made their shoes here, and are currently based in Cypress.
By the way, the L.A. Times has an article about the two Depression-era paintings that survived Newport Harbor High School's recent discombobulation. Nice that something did.


Outsourcing became part of the business lexicon during the 1980s said...

Founded in Orange in 1966, Vans closed its manufacturing plant in the city in 1995, and laid off about 1,000 workers. Vans shoes are now made in China.

colony rabble said...

The fireplace is still in the library at St. Catherine's. Lots of vintage features remain on campus. One has to look. And of course one must access the closed campus to do that....but the Anaheim Historical Society recently recognized the campus for their 120 year history in the City, dating back to when it was an orphange. Great place, thanks for the image!