Picture Story

The Penetrators, 1980

The Penetrators at Western Audio recording studios in Kearny Mesa, May 15, 1980. "Need good personality art," reads the photo assignment sheet. Standing in the back of the room are Gary Heffern, Chris Sullivan, and ...

Janie Ann Galvin Rescued From Campgrounds, 1961

Five-year-old Janie Ann Galvin, rescued after wandering away from Paso Picacho Campgrounds in the Cuyamacas, April 17, 1961. She'd followed a squirrel. She fell asleep before dark and awoke in the morning. She didn't try ...

Jaguar XK150, 1958

At British Motors, 1305 Kettner Blvd., c. 1958. This Jaguar XK150 had 200 horsepower and could cruise all day at over 100 mph. In 1958, our local daily reported that California had more registered vehicles ...

Roger Daltrey In A Mission Beach Hotel Room, 1970

The Who's Roger Daltrey in a Mission Beach hotel room, June 13, 1970. The band's Sports Arena show was their fifth on this U.S. tour; in about a month's time, they'd done 24 and were ...

Nine-Year-Old Brett May, 1963

His father, speedboat racer George May, encouraged Brett to get into racing the single-seat ten-horsepower boats that could reach 50 miles per hour. George May told our local daily: "There is no other sport I ...

Bob Weir And Jerry Garcia At Golden Hall, January 8, 1978

Most of the Grateful Dead sang "Happy Birthday" to promoter Bill Graham that night; Jerry didn't because he had laryngitis. Though a local reviewer opened his article with, "It's not easy to forgive a group ...

A Late '20s Or Early '30s Model A Ford

The sketch includes features of the "Ford Emergency Car" available or outfitted at Stubbs Motor Company, 1145 India Street. Stubbs became Bay Shore Ford, which became Center City Ford. The dealer moved to Clairemont Mesa ...

Rolling Stones Fans At Jack Murphy Stadium, 1981

The band would play the stadium (which would be renamed Qualcomm) on October 7. A year earlier, Emotional Rescue topped the charts, but the Stones didn't tour because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't getting ...

Sam Stutz With His Gold Machine, 1934

Standard Iron Works head Sam Stutz with his gold machine in 1934. "This is not a trick machine," Stutz told skeptics. In a demonstration, the machine successfully separated two ounces of gold flakes from a ...

James Brown At The Sports Arena, 1967

James Brown (May 3, 1933-December 25, 2006) at the Sports Arena, February 18, 1967. From the photo assignment sheet written up at our local daily: "Want some pix of Brown and audience as show winds ...

Gracia Mae Carpenter, 1939

From the daily paper: "[The] president of Young Republican club doesn't appear to be getting unduly roiled at this picture of Adolf Hitler in the German bungalow, House of Pacific Relations, Balboa Park. "When San ...

Thearle Music Co., 1930

Piano recital at Thearle Music Co., 640 Broadway, c. 1930. The Chicago-based firm opened a store in San Diego in 1903. The article that announced their arrival included this: "It has been and is today ...

Ocean Village Hotel In Ocean Beach, 1935

The hotel consisted of approximately 40 cottages that rested on pilings driven into the sand. The hotel's former site (where West Point Loma Boulevard meets Voltaire Street) is the present locale of the Ocean Villa ...

Harry V. Lawson Tattoos a Man, 1941

In an interview, Lawson said, "Renewed interest in tattooing, which is world-wide, is due to the war in Europe." Japan bombed Pearl Harbor nine months later. The article went on, "...Army and Navy authorities have ...

Remains Of An Abandoned 1920s Hotel Project, c 1950

The photo was taken in 1950, "near Rolando Hill, south of University Avenue and east of 54th Street," according to info on the Historical Society print. To order this photo please contact the San Diego ...

Outside Sutherland Stage Company, c. 1940

The bus on the sign is an accurate depiction of the "stages" they ran to Tijuana in the '20s. Those big buses left San Diego at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. The company ...

Townsend Car Dealership, 1974

Showroom in San Diego County. (Townsend Lincoln-Mercury in Carlsbad closed in July 2006.) This Townsend sold American Motors and Jeep. The car is an AMC Gremlin, considered the first American subcompact when introduced in 1970. ...

Vitrified Clay Products Corp., 1923

At the corner of Rosecrans and Pacific Highway, 1923. In 1911, three factories fired brick in San Diego; they produced 13 million bricks and grossed $100,000 in revenue. To order this photo please contact the ...