Category: Family activities
“The All States Picnic is an Ontario tradition that began in 1939. The picnic is meant to recognize the diversity of Ontario residents and the states they had originally came from. Picnic tables were lined up along the Euclid Avenue median from Hawthorne to E Street with signs for each of the country’s 48 states (Hawaii and Alaska did not become states until 1959). The picnic boasted the “World’s Longest Picnic Table” according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The picnic was suspended briefly during World War II and again in 1981 when the number of native Californians began to outnumber those who came from out of state. The picnic was resumed again in 1991 for Ontario’s Centennial Anniversary and continues to be held on the 4th of July every year.
Source: Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room Collection Photo # 38″
Excerpt from http://www.ontariotownsquare.org/mural/1930s.html .
The National Orange Show was something like a county fair except that it was solely for citrus fruit. The guest pass, probably typical for the times, has a blank for the guest’s name followed by “and lady.”
To see images of the show through the years, go to: http://www.sakoguchi.info/national-orange-show .
“The game was first introduced by the Volume Sprayer Mfg. Co. of Tulsa Oklahoma in early 1939, then published by a number of companies including Parker Brothers later that year. The Volume Sprayer edition has pressed wood pieces and a hexagonal tin-lined box.”
Learn more at https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3203/contack
“The Los Angeles Alligator Farm was a major city tourist attraction from 1907 until 1953. Originally situated across from Eastlake Park (later Lincoln Park), at 3627 Mission Road.”
Text and circa 1939 image from http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Southern_California_Amusement_Parks.html
Open to the public for about four years, the Griffith Observatory and Planetarium drew many visitors. From children on school tours to international tourists, the facility was easily accessible in Griffith Park, a Los Angeles city park near Hollywood. Learn more about its history at: http://www.griffithobservatory.org/about/griffithobservatory.html
Watch 6-1/2 minutes of home movies of the Edwards family opening Christmas presents. Their address is on Sherman Avenue but the city is not given. The southern California cities of Garden Grove, Monrovia, Moreno Valley and Corona each have a street by that name so perhaps one of them was the locale.
Music added to the movies include Merry Christmas Polka, Guy Lombardo and the Andrews Sisters; The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, Vera Lynn; and (Angie) The Christmas Tree Angel, Andrews Sisters with Vic Shoen Orchestra. Some of the performances of the music may be different from 1939 (despite the captions) but they evoke the era.