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From the marshy savannahs of the Pacific coastal tidelands sprang the most amazing Venetian resort of the post-Victorian era. New Jersey–born Abbot Kinney aimed to create a cultural renaissance in 1905 on the sandy shores of Santa Monica Bay. But when the residents of Los Angeles County weren't interested, a carnival-like atmosphere replaced Kinney's opera singers, philosophers, and orators. Through the subsequent 100-plus years, the small resort had both extreme highs and lows, but it still prevails as an unparalleled fantasy by the sea.
ISBN: 9780738569666
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Elayne Alexander's love affair with Venice, California, began in 1968 when her roller-skate wheels spun her past colonnades and through arcaded walkways of rundown Moorish-style buildings. A Pennsylvania-born writer and researcher, she set out to find the origins of this unusual town. This book, her fourth regarding Venice, showcases vintage postcard collections, including her own. She has resided in Los Angeles County for 40 years and would never live anywhere else.
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