a 1942 address

Monday, August 27

I was just sorting through our bookshelves when I came across these pretty old photos of my grammy taken in 1942 when she was just 20 years old. I hadn't ever noticed this before, but on the back she had written the address of where she was living at the time {you can see it behind her in the top right photo}: North Park, 3982 30th Street, San Diego California. So of course I google mapped it. I'm not sure what I was expecting to find. I think I was hoping that someone had taken care of the house for all these years and it was still there.
Turns out, it's just an old sidewalk and a barber shop.
But if this happens to be your local barber shop, you should know that in 1942, it used to be a charming white house with a porch. And a pretty girl with a palm-tree dress lived there.

117 comments:

Brielle said...

She looks just like you!

Shug in Boots {Beth} said...

Those pictures are so GORGEOUS! What a treasure to have! You favor her in the mouth/smile. Thanks for sharing these! I LOVE vintage photos!

Tamaras Blend said...

Oh my, she was BEAUTIFUL! These photos are priceless, lucky you!

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Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

I adore old photos...what a treasure! And she was quite a beauty!! She reminds me of a 1942-style Megan Fox! :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

I adore old photos...what a treasure! And she was quite a beauty!! She reminds me of a 1942-style Megan Fox! :)

Bianca said...

Seriously! Looks just like you! The top right one for sure!

Lindsay Patrick said...

I can see the resemblance with you and your granny from when she was young...so pretty!

Lindsay
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My name is Wendi. said...

You favor her in the eyes! And of course you both have pretty smiles! Love these pics. Love discovering that the people in our lives were once a lot like us.

Candice said...

That is so cool. I just love old photos like that. She really does look like you.

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

woman of that era are just... so... beautiful...

Stephanie said...

Love this post. Definitely a resemblence there!

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Zoë said...

Amazing! I Love the beautiful old photos... and the fact that technology like Google street view exists to tie the past and present together!

Z
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Stephanie Marie said...

I used to live in North Park!! 30th street is the main drag of this hipster-type area. It's right near Balboa Park, so I bet that's where they are in the golf pictures. And there are tons of houses still there that are from that era. They're the cutest craftsman homes. What a great find!

Petchie said...

Wow she looks just like you!! that is crazy!!

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Jessica Broyles said...

What a sweet post! Your grandmother was a beautiful young lady!!

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{annie_loo} @ The Farrar Four said...

MY WORD! You look just like her! Amazing!!!!! How fun to find those pictures!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

what a sweet find! love the photos and you two look so much alike. :)

ZADIN said...

So this is the root of your great taste for fashion?

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Jocee said...

this is so beautiful.

Francis said...

So neat. I love vintage photos and I do see some family resemblance.

Flair byBrandi said...

I love the 40's! Those are great pictures! Love this post!

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Abbey Rodriguez said...

We live in Encinitas, which is the north county of San Diego. I was talking to an elderly lady at the DMV the other day around this area, and she told me that a lot of the homes and residential areas were either taken over by the city for government buildings or bought out as businesses. It's really quite sad when you think about the rich history behind it all, and how it was torn away for something as lame as a DMV or strip mall.

Beautiful photos of your grammy. Such priceless treasures.

Sandiegogal said...

Up until about a year ago I lived right across the street from that barber shop! It's so fun to see what it looked like years ago. Thanks for sharing!

Sandiegogal said...

Up until about a year ago I lived right across the street from that barber shop! It's so fun to see what it looked like years ago. Thanks for sharing!

The Egg said...

wow, now we know where your fashionista comes from! you look and pose just the same. these are amazing treasures!!

xo the egg out west.

Lindsay Rondo said...

your grammy is a cutie!! i can see some resemblance. i live very close to North Park so I know where that is. It's actually a cute, hip town now. My family has major history in san diego too, we currently live in a house from 1912 in San Diego. What a cool little discovery you found. :)

I have three legs and a faux paw said...

She is stunning. I wish everyone still carried themselves with such class and composure!

I live near North Park and it is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of San Diego. It still has a ton of vintage flavor and craftsman cottages, though 30th street itself is now bustling with low key but hip restaurants, bars and other businesses.

I love this flashback.

Lovely Struck said...

So funny! 30th street is one of the most happening streets in San Diego :) that address is RIGHT across the street from one of my favorite restaurants in SD. She must have seen the coolness of 30th way before everyone else here :)

Kayla C said...

Beautiful! You look just like her!

xo

dailydoily said...

So sweet :) I have my grandmother's old photos too. I used to use them as reference for my paintings. They are always so beautiful. I love the one with the bike. ♥Lindsay

dailydoily said...

So sweet :) I have my grandmother's old photos too. I used to use them as reference for my paintings. They are always so beautiful. I love the one with the bike. ♥Lindsay

Paul and Katherine said...

This is in my neighborhood - next time I stroll past there, I will think of your photos. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Baker said...

She does look like you! Beautiful pics :)

Lindsay said...

I love old photos! She looks so stylish and I can totally see the resemblance!

Emily said...

Wow!!! This is so cool, and you look just like her!!!

Luciana Sirane said...

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Saar said...

Those photos are amazing!
I really like the 'vibe' of vintage photos! Oh yes, I just used the word vibe. :D

Love from Belgium!
Saar

monkeyshines ♥ said...

beautiful!

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Amy Rex said...

i LOVE 30th street in san diego. north park is a really cute part of town... i think you would like it.

katie michelle said...

this is so neat :)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Omg these are amazing! And your grandma lived right down the street from where I currently live!

sara grace said...

What a beautiful woman! And you definitely resemble her. I'm looking forward to seeing my grandmother next month and looking for old photos!

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Sarah said...

Wow! She was a beauty!!!

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Hailey. said...

Those pictures are such treasures! What an amazing experience.

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abby said...

When I was first looking at these photos for a split second I thought they were of you...there is certainly a look that is getting passed down...(a really beautiful one to boot!!)

Totally jealous of the vintage photos-those are priceless!

Stephanie said...

Before I even read that this was your grandma, I knew from the second photo that she had to be related to you! You have her beautiful smile :)

Megan said...

I live right down the street from 30th!! Rest assured North Park is a DARLING neighborhood still. Alive, vibrant and home to many hip San Diegans :) Love these photos.

Leah said...

So cool to look back at your grandmother that long ago. Crazy to see how much you resemble her!

holtkamp said...

old photos are the best. she's so lovely!

Kimberly said...

She reminds me of you!

Jessica Wray said...

I love this kind of stuff! She's beautiful!

Coryann said...

Your granny was a babe! Wonder where your good looks come from ; )

Katie said...

What lovely memories to have!

APainter said...

That's so crazy! It's awesome that you have all of these pictures :)

Amy
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Em in the Sun said...

I see where you get your looks from! You guys look so similar! Pretty ladies :)

Erika said...

That's really cool! Your grandma is beautiful - and that is such a neat story.

SILVIA said...

30th street is a block from where I live. Who knew.

The houses around here all look like your grandmother's old house. I love North Park.

xo,
Silvia

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SILVIA said...

30th street is a block from where I live. Who knew.

The houses around here all look like your grandmother's old house. I love North Park.

xo,
Silvia

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mollyluc said...

She is stunning and she looks so much like you! I'd give anything for those styles to be more popular now!

The Style Box said...

Those photos are truly amazing! That bottom one is so cool :)
They gave me goosebumps looking at them
x

Melissa Blake said...

That's so cool...isn't Google amazing?

Kirsten said...

As many have said, you resemble her greatly!

I love finding old photos of family. Oddly enough, we have one of my grandmother when she was 18 or 19, I think, with short hair. The funny part is, when my brother was 8 or 9, he looked so much like the photo (he had shaggy hair).

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AMY PALMER said...

old photos like this are amazing. you guys definitely have the same genes!

-Amy
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SK said...

She looks a lot like you! Such a cool find.

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Bree Holloway said...

She's gorgeous! Wow, what a neat story. :)

Bree Holloway said...

She's gorgeous! Wow, what a neat story. :)

Emily said...

Such cool pics! You look a lot like her. :) Maybe I'll have to stop by that barber shop the next time I'm home.

Priya said...

LOVED looking at these old pictures! How cool that you made that connection too! I agree with everyone, there is a resemblance! She sure is glam, with an adorable house!

perfectly priya

Caroline said...

What an amazing story! I can totally see the resemblance :)

Ashley said...

Your Grammy was gorgeous!!! You look so much like her. Too bad about what's there now. Would have been so much better if it was still a house with a porch!

pretty little things said...

I love old photos because they always tell a story! she looks just like you! xo

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Jenny said...

Amazing! I'm a huge history fan so I love seeing things like this. It's amazing how the world can change so quickly. Your grandma is beautiful! x

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ashleesanders said...

ooo this is super cool! What a beauty she was...

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Bec said...

This is so cute. I found the same thing with my grandmother and when I google mapped it I saw that they tore everything down to make a turnoff on a highway or something :(

Andrea Cerqua said...

Great find! I absolutely love old photographs

xoxo andrea

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Lauren Miller said...

I'm from San Diego and I know just where that is! It's a bummer that the house isn't there anymore. But, there are a lot of similar looking houses in that area! So fun!

Tiffany said...

Those are super cool pics!

NinjaCupcake said...

Unfortunately, being a lady I don't go to this barber shop :-) but it is right down the street from me! Will think of you when I run by!

yourbridesmaid said...

Great post! She is beautiful!

Melanie Marie said...

What a neat post!! So cool that you were able to google maps the address and everything!

You look so much like her, it's ridiculous. Same build, mouth, and sense of style! What a cute palm tree dress. And you know, it can be really fun going through the grandparents old things. So many treasures to be found...

Melanie
Style to Stage

Manda said...

So neat.
I love looking through old photos. Wouldn't it be fun to go back in time?

How did it make you feel when you saw the house was gone?
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Songbook said...

You could be her twin! Holy cow. Beautiful pictures! You can see that good style runs in the family!

Ana F. said...

This post warms my heart. My husband laughs at me, because I tend to date cards, pictures (I always write on the back where we took them and when) , photo albums... One day, I hope my grandkids will want and care to look at the memories I leave behind, so they can find out a little more about their story.

Amy Ryland said...

That is down the street from my house!!! Most of the houses around here look exactly like that and were built during that time. Still is quite a charming neighborhood!

lanapt said...

Ohhh , what a lovely Post , you have so many resembles with your grandmother ... beautiful ;-)

Carley said...

wow so crazy to see how things change over the years! it would have been a lot more fun to see that cute little white house though ;)

carley
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Julie Nyenkamp said...

I love old picture, sad that the house is no longer there, it would have been a fun adventure to visit. I can totally see the resemblance, you are both so beautiful.

RoselyC said...

Great pics. Love the bike!

The Students Wife said...

Such Beautiful pictures.. She was a very pretty lady!





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Life etc... said...

Wow, what amazing photos to find! And you know, she really does look like you! There's something about the forehead... :)

Life etc

Alexa said...

how beautiful! makes me want to dig around the old trunks in our garage when i visit my family in a few weeks :)

Lindsy said...

Definitely see a resemblance! WOW! Oh, I love old photos! What great treasures! Thanks for sharing!

Katie Dodd said...

Lovely!! My grandmas childhood home is a parking lot now :(

erica said...

she is stunning! you definitely resemble her.

xo.

Tiffany said...

She was a knock out! And I thought it was you all dressed up for a moment... beautiful!

Chantelle said...

She was stunning!!! Can you imagine when we're 90 and looking back on our "old" photos. Which will be digital of course, but I wonder how that'll turn out for me.

Hollie Ann said...

how crazy!!! i live two blocks from there!!!

hannah debbie said...

well no wonder you're so pretty. She was so lovely!

The Webbs said...

Awesome. You lOok just like her, what an honor. It seemed waaaay prettier back then. Maybe her and my Gma were bffs😉they lived near that area in Cali.

Sarah said...

I'll echo everyone here and say, what a strong resemblance! I can definitely see where you get your smile!
There's a really good bakery/cafe (Heaven Sent Desserts) just up the street from her old address, so I'm sure I've passed it before. I really like seeing old photos of San Diego and comparing to how it looks now.
-Sarah
The Writer and The Wardrobe

Becoming Refined said...

This is such a sweet post, your grandma looked incredibly beautiful.

Laliete said...

Such beautifull pictures!
Those outfits and hairstyles are the best.
You look so much like her!

V said...

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed these photos, and how lucky you are to have found them! When I was looking at them, I was thinking of how this looks like they could easily be taken in today's modern times; how we, even at this age, could be wearing these clothes and be posing in these situations. But then, I see slight details like the car in the first photo, and it's like, wow, these things actually existed. I think that these things are extremely cool because they are remnants of the past, and it's crazy to think that they used to be just the norm.

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Lesley said...

Your grandma has amazing style!!!

Sarah Loewen said...

Oh my gosh, I know exactly where this is! I only live a few blocks from North Park!
That is so neat!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I grew up in San Diego! She would have been what is probably part of down town now. Such a beautiful place to grow up! You do look like her :)

I'm Sydney. said...

Oh wow how cute! These photos are beautiful as well.

Kelsey said...

Wow you look so much like her that I thought the top right one was of you doing an era photo shoot or something! Obviously it would have been a success. This is your mom's mom, right?

Eli Sedlachek said...

There is a huge resemblance between you and your grandmother. And how stylish she was.

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Anonymous said...

You look just like her. I think you should recreate these looks/images!

Anonymous said...

You look just like her. I think you should recreate these looks/images!

Anonymous said...

You look just like her. I think you should recreate these looks/images!

Julie said...

How great to have an unexpected connection to the past! Maybe someday you'll wander into that barbershop and get the best haircut ever!

brooke said...
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brooke said...

My heart leapt a little when I read this. I read your blog, but have never left a comment before. I live about 1.5 miles from that address, so it was fun to see it in your post. Also, I love old family photos. While it is sad that your grammy's house isn't there anymore, you can rest assured that it is a lovely neighborhood with a lot of character. :)

Mary-Alice said...

I love looking at pictures of my parents and grandparents, too.

My Mother's grandparents were a particularly stunning couple!

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Sandy a la Mode said...

you look soo much like your grammy! both soo beautiful!!

xo,
Sandy
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