1920's Seaside Party

Balboa Beach, Summer 1920

1920 may seem to be too early for much body exposure or tanning trends. Most of the adults seen here are fully clothed, while the kids are allowed to wear their swim suits. This group has come to Balboa Beach, CA, which had a pier and pavilion built in 1906 along with a Pacific Electric rail line able to bring flocks of over heated in-landers down to the beach for some cool air. This group arrived from Whittier, a small inland town, whose Chamber of Commerce sponsored this first annual outing to Balboa that August.

photo: collection of the Whittier Historical Society & Museum

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