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Coastal Capers: 1925

Coastal Capers: 1925

Marin County, California, circa 1925. "Surf bathers at Stinson Beach." As for what's going on in the background, who can say? 6½x8½ inch glass negative by Charles M. Hiller, late of the Blaisdell and Stanley collections. View full size.


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Dipsea swimsuits

The comment that the Dipsea wool swimsuits worn by the three men on the beach is probably not correct. In 1904, a year before the Dipsea Race was begun, the Dipsea Inn was built on the beach to cater to tourists from two never built railroad extensions. I think those swimsuits may be rental suits from the Dipsea Inn.

[That they're rented swimsuits does sound likely; the photo could be earlier, as the Dipsea Inn was torn down in 1918, but its lumber was used to construct the Dipsea Lodge, which operated until 1938. -tterrace]

Perfect timing

Within minutes of viewing the Stinson Beach photo I checked Facebook to find my grand nephew had posted this image of his daughter.

Young lady on left

She may look somewhat ridiculous in her big socks and her loafers with pompoms and especially that Pillsbury Doughboy hat, and her pursed lips don't show her at her best, but - dang! - she is pretty.

Because of all the ...

The girl with the big smile just told her friend with the snazzy loafers why you can never starve at the beach.

I've seen that reaction to that joke a million times and would know it anywhere.

Happy now

Young, carefree, and enjoying the California weather. But the Great Depression is not far away, and another world war looms in their futures.

Most are probably gone by now; but they had their moment in the sun, as this photo attests.


Those three in the back are wearing togs relating to The Dipsea Race, which has been going on in Marin County since 1905. That doesn't look like Fort Point or its environs, though. I think a Marin beach is more likely.

UPDATE: This is, in fact, on Stinson Beach, the terminus of The Dipsea Race.

[We would be lost (maybe literally) without tterrace! - Dave]

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