Yes folks, you are now reading the special "Seal Beach's Least Inviting Postcards" edition of O.C. History Roundup. All three of today's images are postcards you could purchase and mail to friends and family to share the wonders of Seal Beach.
Don't get me wrong. I've always really liked Seal Beach and I still do. Unlike many other cities I could name, it's retained its beach-town charm. That just makes the existence of these postcards all the more puzzling.
The second postcard shows Southern California Edison's Alamitos Generating Station (power plant). You can tell it's Christmastime because of the twinkle-light "trees" running up the side of this industrial monstrosity. Boy, when I think of escaping to the beach, I always think of giant ugly Erector Sets with smokestacks belching crud into the sky.
Our final postcard shows the collapsed Seal Beach Hotel shortly after the 1933 "Long Beach" earthquake. If the promise of poorly constructed hotels, unstable soil and violent quakes doesn't bring in hoards of tourists, what will?
In other news, Sandra Robbie took Frank Mickadeit on a "tour of O.C. racism." I'm not sure I understand why the tour singled out the City of Orange.
Notice to researchers: UCI's Special Collections & Archives have moved temporarily to the Southeast Asian Archive in Room 360 on the third floor of the Langson Library. They hope to be open in a renovated facility on the fifth floor of Langson in mid to late January. Hours at their temporary digs are Mon-Fri, 1-5pm. Renovation progress photos are posted on their Anteater Antics blog.