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SANTA MONICA PLEASURE PIER: A LOOK BACK TO 1917 FROM TODAY

“Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today” is a side-by-side comparison that juxtaposes the past and present in ways that puts today’s landscape in the greater historical play. Scores of vintage images appearing in a 1917 ‘Prospectus Book’ - created by its then owner, Mr. Looff (who built the first carousel) hoping to sell shares in his Santa Monica “Pleasure Pier" - now archived in the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection present a rare and mostly unseen look at the attraction and its surroundings. No detail goes unturned for this historical treasure trove which is clearly a labor of love. It is with great pleasure that we share and celebrate this book with you as this 1917 collection of images serves as a reminder of our own continuity, specifically as it relates to time and place, in the case one of most popular and traveled destinations on the West Coast.

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SANTA MONICA: A LOOK BACK TO 1902

110 Photographs from the Same Place,Over 115 Years Apart

Over one hundred years ago, volunteer firemen sold a book titled, “Santa Monica Fire Department, Souvenir Book of Santa Monica, 1902” door to door. Legend has it that the newly-established fire department promised to fight fires for those who purchased the book, but made no such promise to those who didn’t.

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LOS ANGELES: A LOOK BACK TO POSTCARDS OF THE 1930s and 1940s FROM TODAY

LookBack Art is proud to celebrate the Golden Age ofLos Angeles history in postcards from the 1930s & 1940s.LookBack Art is a side-by-side comparison that juxtaposes the past and present in ways that puts today’s landscape in greater historical play. No detail goes unturned. This is a labor of love.

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We would like to thank the Tichnor Brothers for their postcards and their silent photographic partners who shot these pictures that enabled us to create these look backs almost a century later.

Click here for a detailed Google Map of the Postcard Book.

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A LOOK BACK TO THE ARMET DAVIS NEWLOVE COLLECTION FROM TODAY

A rare examination and celebration of one of the Southern California’s great architectural genres.

 
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THE LOOKBACK PROJECT

Relating on a physical level with a place that stood before them. It is a vestige that liberates the viewer to a broader perspective. Opening them into dialogue of continuity in place and people. LOOKBACKS are a magical window into a past that many never knew existed. The viewer is suddenly in a dance with time and place. LOOKBACKs are celebrations & landmarks of arich living heritage. LOOKBACKs expand the visual playground to a world of history that lives all around us.