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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Fields Landing

Fields Landing

This is the town of Fields Landing on north side of Humboldt Bay in Calif. The main road that goes to the foot of the bay leads to a whaling station. The large building to the front is known as the whalers inn. Postmark on this post card is dated 1912.

Fields Landing

Great to see this picture. I grew up there. I can see the house where I grew up in this 1912 pic. I remember the whaling station! Talk about smell! When a whaling boat was coming in with a catch, word would spread fast. I would go with older siblings to watch them butcher the whales. We'd put handkerchiefs sprinkled with perfume over our faces to diffuse the smell. That was in the 1940's, maybe early 50's. When I was young the Whaler's Inn was just known as the Fields Landing Hotel. That road running in front of the inn is Highway 101. They put in the new freeway in 1960's.

 
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