Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tent City Coronado Revisited

This has been an interesting week in many ways, but an email I received was by far much more so than the deadline I was facing and the hot weather outside.

Last July, not too long after I had started my blog, I did a post on Tent City at the Hotel del Coronado in California. I wrote a bit on the history of the place that was "the" vacation spot in the early 1900s for those who could not afford to stay at The Del, but still yearned for time at the shore.

The post included vintage postcards and advertisements of a place that I found fascinating. Well, to make a long story short, the email I received was from the blogger at Forgotten Old Photos. This blog is dedicated to posting old photos in the hopes that they can be reunited with families. Last Sunday she posted a photo and thanks to one of her readers the photo was identified as being taken at Tent City. He made this discovery after finding one of the postcards on my post. Great job Intense Guy! (Btw, I love your blog header, so funny.)

The postcard from my blog

The photo from Forgotten Old Photos

Another photo postcard I found

Very cool, don't you think? Thanks to this generous blogger, I now have another photo to add to my collection and my yearning to return to the past and spend the summer at Tent City is in full bloom. The weather has been brutal here on the Atlantic Coast and I long for the cool breezes of the Pacific.

I also wanted to share a recent find of mine, this next postcard is from Tent City on Catalina Island in 1908. Gosh, I love these tents!

I could while away the day in one of these rockers and the lanterns are wonderful!

Now I really must run, I have so much to do today. Tomorrow is a BIG day and a time for celebration with Mrs. Magpie. Sheila's birthday is Saturday and mine is on Sunday! Tomorrow I am headed for Saint Augustine Beach for a luncheon with one of my favorite bloggers and her friends. I'm hoping to get in a little beach time after lunch and see a bit of this coastal town.

@ Sheila — I am SO excited!

20 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love all of these pictures, Rhonda, and I can't imagine sitting out in clothes that heavy on the beach, can you??? But I would love to hang out in the rockers.

Can't wait to see you and celebrate your birthday and mine! :-)



Blondie's Journal said...

I love those little {big} tents, too. In another life we might have met up there!!

Hope you have a wonderful lunch with Sheila and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you sweet ladies!


Far Side of Fifty said...

It was great making the connection, without your postcards and your blog we would have never been able to identify Tent City..which I think would have been an awesome place to spend the entire summer! Happy Birthday this weekend! :) Connie/ Forgotten Old Photos

Ms. Bake-it said...

Love the tents and rockers! I hope you have a fabulous lunch with Sheila.

Happy Birthday to both of you!

~ Tracy

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
Those pictures are so interesting. I enjoyed seeing them.
Have a great time tomorrow and I wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday.
Enjoy the beach.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What lovely old vintage scenes of bygone eras at the beach.

Isn't it funny how people covered up their bodies and dressed very elegantly at the shore.


rjerdee said...

Hey Rhonda,
Thanks for a looksee at the tent city. The closest I ever got to the Coronado was to dine on the patio, walk the lobby, and purchase a shirt from the that place!!!
Have a great weekend, you have plenty planned!!!
Later, man...

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Forgotten Old Photos..., such a cool site! Love the tents of Santa Catalina..., such a lovely name too!
You have some great plans for the weekend..., and I wish you a wonder time and Happy Birthday!!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

A wonderful time!!!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, Dear Rhonda...

Happy Birthday to YOU!

I tried to stay up until midnight, but I don't know if I'm going to make it. LOL! SO please know I'm wishing you a happy birthday about 25 minutes ahead of time! LOL!

See you soon...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, I made it. It's official... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Sheila :-)

Simple Daisy said...

Well Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!!!
Hope you have a fabulous day:)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I came to visit from Mrs. Magpie's and I love your blog. I am a true beach lover and so I've become a follower. Have wonderful day!!Celebrate!

Sue said...

This is so cool...I love it when I get interested enough in something to do the research, and to have something fall into your lap (or email) about it is just wonderful. I'm doing a bit of catching up on my reading this afternoon...hope you had a wonderful time with Sheila!

Sue said...

Oops...hit the button before I could say Happy Birthday!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love those old postcards and pics! What a neat post Rhonda, I am so glad I got over here to read it. It just takes me away to another time, a time that seems more simple and happy.
Thanks for sharing my friend and have fun with Sheila you lucky ducky you!

Kat said...

Just popping in to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Have fun with Sheila you lucky thing :) Kat

Suzanne MacCrone Rogers • Italian Girl in Georgia™ said...

Hey Rhonda! Happy summer to you. I love this story and the photos are wonderful.

Stay in touch.

Ciao bella,

Everything Coastal said...

These are wonderful! What a great way to celebrate our history on the shore. Love the story, thanks for sharing!


P. Austin Heaton, Historical Fiction Author said...

I love your blogs! You really have a gift. I wanted to send a quick note to let you know I just published a semi-tongue-in-cheek historical murder mystery set in 1915 San Diego, Coronado, North Island, LA's Chinatown and Santa Barbara.
Give it a read if you enjoy historical murder mysteries with a female sleuth.
All the very best. I'm off to read more of your lovely blogs.

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