For more than 100 years, Huntington Beach has been a scenic haven for locals and tourists alike. Huntington Beach has also been the subject of many postcards. After all, “Surf City, USA” is a wonderfully picturesque place. Compelling printed images of the famous pier, downtown, the parks, people, agriculture, and businesses became some of the city’s most popular souvenirs. Postcards such as these evoke the magic of long-gone summers; wistful, nostalgic glimpses of a classic Southern California beach city—and they are just as lovely today as they were decades ago.
Author Bio: Most of these images are from the personal collection of Marvin Carlberg, a Huntington Beach native who has painstakingly built his collection over the course of 30 years. The text is by local writer Chris Epting, author of 14 books, including Huntington Beach Then & Now, Roadside Baseball, and James Dean Died Here.