CASTLE ROCK, 1917

CASTLE ROCK, 1917

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CASTLE ROCK, 1917

50 feet above the beach it was a landmark for all locals. In this photo it appears to be a backdrop to a film crew from nearby Inceville, a studio ranch of pioneering silent film director Thomas Ince. Smaller rocks flanking the landmark earned names, too. Haystack Rock was a stout, flat-topped boulder just up the shore. A collection of smaller stones nearby became known as the Family Group. On June 4, 1945, engineers from the county road department used 350 pounds of dynamite and a bulldozer to reduce the rock's topmost 30 feet to rubble. 

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From the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection, comes a rare and mostly unseen look at the Santa Monica Pleasure Pier and its surroundings from 1917. Images were pulled from a rare ‘Prospectus Book’, created by its then owner, Mr. Looff (master carver, crafted more than 40 carousels during his lifetime, including the first first carousel in 1876) hoping to sell shares in his Santa Monica “Pleasure Pier.

This image is from a study of Charles I. D. Looff’s 1917 prospectus book of his Santa Monica Pleasure Pier. When Jens Lucking and Michael Murphy seek these images that were photographed over 100 years ago the process becomes a means of connecting the viewer with a continuity of time and place, emancipating the viewer from a moment, unified in the journey of community all time past.