Monthly Archives: May 2008

1964 Avila Beach Fashion

    June 16, 1964 School’s out! Time to grab the transistor radio and hit Avila Beach. Can’t tell if the bikini has yellow polka dots like the 1960 novelty song. Everybody was grey back then, or at least all … Continue reading

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1964 Election

June 1964 In this election season I thought it would be interesting to see the advertising strategies of 44 years ago.Read the ads, choose your candidate, pick your favorite middle-aged white guy.You won’t see advertisements for the Democrat running for … Continue reading

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1964 Memorial Day

June 1, 1964 Memorial Day services were held at the IOOF cemetery in San Luis Obispo. One quirk of newspaper photos from that era is the frequency of stage-managed photos. Part of that trend was due to the limitations of … Continue reading

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Hearst Castle Graduation

June 6, 1968 Here we are near graduation season and the 50-year anniversary of public tours at Hearst Castle. Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument was dedicated June 2, 1958. Ten years later the Cambria area high school needed help. … Continue reading

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1965 Madonna Equipment Auction

Auctioneer Milton J. Wershow gathers crowd while Alex Madonna watches sale. August 20, 1965 You could never accuse Alex Madonna of doing things in a small way. When 365 pieces of equipment were declared surplus by Madonna Construction Company an … Continue reading

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1968 La Fiesta Parade

May 17, 1968 One of the lost traditions of San Luis Obispo is La Fiesta de las Flores. Established in 1925 as a fund-raiser for the fire damaged downtown Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa , the festival was held … Continue reading

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What's in a Name Update

Well the entry period closed with one nomination for a name change and a few votes to keep it the same so I’ll use my superdelegate powers to end the process and keep the name the same. Thanks for the … Continue reading

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1965 Cannon Stolen

    June 2, 1965 Having created a display for the Veteran’s museum, I am not a fan of vandalism, but as pranks go, this one was a doozy. Someone with a big truck or tractor swiped the 140-millimeter cannon … Continue reading

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What's in a Name?

Our blogs here at The Tribune/ are undergoing redesigns and Photos From the Vault is on deck. When the blog was launched it was an experiment in seeing if other people were curious about what was in the dusty negative … Continue reading

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November 1963 – Kennedy slain by assassin

November 22, 1963 As promised in the last post, here is coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination. There are no local photos but the mythology that has since surrounded the event makes real time coverage interesting reading. Click on … Continue reading

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