You may be amused or perhaps slightly horrified when you read "Early Los Angeles County Attractions" (Arcadia Publishing, $20) by Cory and Sarah Stargel. The book offers a look at the pastimes of days gone by, such as ostrich rides and children playing with baby alligators, plus beaches, dance halls, piers, city parks and shopping areas.
Each page boasts vintage photos with clear text. The Stargels collect postcards and are active volunteers at the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society. They also enjoy antiquing and flea marketing. Also available is "Early Los Angeles County Attractions," a companion collection of 15 postcards, for $8.