Dible / Thompson’s Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie

Randy Dible brings you clips of Sunset Cliffs, O.B., P.L., and popular San Diego sites, shot by his grandfather, that includes a wonderful 1920s period music track.

The film stars generations of the Thompson/Dible family and their friends at Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Coronado, Balboa Park, Julian, Downtown SD, Catalina, Tijuana, and other locales. It is a fun and captivating film that sends you back into San Diego’s rich history. Click:

Dible / Thompson’s Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie 

Visit Randy Dible/photos site at: www.diblephotography.myshopify.com

Trolley to the Beach- Online Film

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The Ocean Beach Historical Society’s President Eric DuVall presented “Trolley to the Beach” online film that premeired at the Jan. 17, 2019 OBHS program.
Eric told the “Trolley to The Beach,” story with lavished illustrated, of how dependable electric streetcar service allowed people to live at the beach—specifically Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach and La Jolla—and still be able to work downtown. It is the story of the Point Loma Railroad and The San Diego Electric Railway and how they helped our city to grow. As such, it is also the story of D. C. Collier and John D. Spreckels. Eric covered an approximately 50-year period from the 1890s through the 1940s.
JUMP ON FOR A RIDE (below): Eric’s film clip traces the trolley route through O.B. and Point Loma. Fun music and Kitty McDaniel antics add fun to the ride!

“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout” Film On-line


The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:
By Popular Demand
“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout”
An On-line Film! At: www.O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout
Starring:
Dean Hollenbeck,
Produced by Kathy & Ray Blavatt

Ocean Beach is known for its characters, and Dean Hollenbeck is one of our most endearing. Dean loves to walk… and talk! He has made countless friends on his meandering walks in O.B. and the peninsula.
O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout, was produced in Fall of 2017. At 89-years-old, Dean on some days walks up to 16 miles… though it may take him the whole day depending on how many people he talks to.
Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy and Ray Blavatt filmed Dean on his O.B. adventures as he spoke with other interesting longtime OBceans, toured some of their homes, and discussed their tales and histories of living in Ocean Beach.
Featured film guests include: Virginia Davis, Flickie Dormer, Shoeshine Willie, Darlene the Garden Lady, and others. Learn why these residents came to Ocean Beach, and fell in love with Ocean Beach.

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Since the filming of “O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout,” Virginia Davis passed away in March of 2020, Flickie Dormer moved out of State, and Dean is still talking and walking, but a few less miles.

Enjoy this fun and interesting film at: www.O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout

History Projects from Home

Due to the CORONAVIRUS we are canceling our programs until further notice.
We hope you are safe and healthy.
Flower Hat MaeSuggestions to fill your time at home:

  • Learn the history of your community: Read the Arcadia Publishing books: Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, Where Land and Water Meet, Point Loma and other books on local topics. Arcadia Publishing book available at Olive Tree Market and Stumps Market. Also available online.
  • Research and write about your family’s history and your time spent living in Ocean Beach or
    Point Loma.
  • Organize and share copies of your photos. Share copies and descriptions with relatives and friends, post online, and donated to OBHS.
  • Write your favorite Ocean Beach stories. Have your  your family write their O.B. stories. Kids can make drawings to go with stories.
  • Take a walk through the community: Look at the historical homes and gardens. There is a lot to see.

CANCELED! Wisteria Garden Party

 

clark-wisteria-housesm2020 Wisteria Garden Party CANCELED!!!

In line with new State and County guidelines for non-essential gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 scare, Ocean Beach Historical Society will regretfully cancel our Wisteria Garden Party for 2020.  The biennial bash had been scheduled for Sunday March 22.  Sadly, this year will be remembered as one in which we made it through the spring without most of our traditional events and celebrations.  Thanks to everybody who has worked so hard on this event.
The Wisteria itself is in full bloom and beautiful!  Take a stroll down Niagara Avenue to 4761 Niagara Avenue …..give it a glance at the wonderful blooming vines! 
Time will tell if our April OBHS Lecture will go on as scheduled.  Stay tuned and thanks for being a part of OBHS.

 

CANCELED Mar.13 & 15: 1920-2020 Remarkable Women Conference

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2020 Conference CANCELED! 

A message from Congress of History President Christopher Milnes.
Based upon the Governor’s proclamation that all nonessential gatherings be postponed due to the state of emergency regarding this fast-spreading virus, the Congress of History is sad to announce that we must cancel the “Remarkable Women” conference schedule for March 13 and 14, 2020. We do not do this lightly. It is with deep regret that we have no choice. At this time we don’t know when this state of emergency will be lifted and if and when we can reschedule this conference. If we can’t reschedule, we will make a full refund to those who paid for the conference and for our generous sponsors and supporters of this event. We will decide possible next steps in the next few weeks as events unfold. We thank everyone for their understanding. Please stay healthy.

 congressofhistory.org

Dible’s Thompson Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie

Dible-Picnic-Area2.20.20- OBHS presented: Dible Family 1928 – 1938 Silent Movie, Clips of Sunset Cliffs, O.B., PL. and popular San Diego sites. Included period 1920s music. Featuring Randy Dible who put on a wonderful program with a 1920s period music track, shot by Randy’s grandfather, starring generations of the Thompson/Dible family and their friends on clips of Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Coronado, Balboa Park, Julian, Downtown SD, Catalina, Tijuana, and other locales. It was a fun and captivating evening as we stepped back into San Diego’s rich history. more: OBHS Sea Scrolls March April 2020

 

When Tiki Invaded San Diego

Tiki Head 2 smThe Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented: When Tiki Invaded San Diego, By Diane Kane, PhD, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020 7 PM, At Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
We enjoyed a  lighthearted romp through the immediate post-war period that explored how the allure of the South Seas became synonymous with San Diego. Discover how tourism and suburbanization exploited the indigenous architecture of Polynesia to create the Tiki Style. This themed architectural style was augmented by newly introduced tropical plants, readily available to the backyard gardener.
Although Shelter Island and Mission Bay were ground zero for TIKI, Mission Valley and other suburbanizing communities were not immune to its charms. In transforming desert scrub into a palm-laden paradise, “America’s Finest City” became the mainland vacation alternative to Hawaii. OBHS Jan Feb 2020

The Legend and Lore of the O.B. James Gang- Nov. 21, 2019

OBHS NL Nov Dec 2019 mrJames-GangAs we celebrated the 40th Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Tree and Parade, we had an opportunity to meet the family that not only started this holiday event but were instrumental in other cherished O.B. traditions as well.
Brothers Ron, Greg, Mike, Pat, and sister-in-law Susan reminisced about the trials and tribulations of working together in a family business while also trying to make a positive impact on the community.
For over four decades, the James family has been an integral part of the Ocean Beach community. They were instrumental in the founding of the Ocean Beach Merchants Association (now the O.B. Mainstreet Association) and the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Over the years, they held leadership roles with the O.B. Merchants Association, O.B. Town Council, O.B. Planning Board, and O.B. Historical Society. The brothers were the catalyst in beginning the Ocean Beach Fireworks Festival, O.B. Street Fair, the Ocean Beach Christmas Auction, O.B. Parade, and the Christmas Tree, as well as the Community Mural Project.
The presentation touched on the history of the James Gang, with anecdotes, images, and artifacts from Ocean Beach’s past. They also paid tribute to their late brother Rich James, the founder of the O.B. Christmas Tree, whose life epitomized the O.B. spirit.

“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years”

Rays-surfer-300-dpi“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years” BY ORIGINAL SUNSET CLIFFS DUDES & GIDGETS, Oct 17, 2019.
A  packed house (of Surfers) showed up for “SURFING SUNSET CLIFFS, THE EARLY YEARS” presentation. Flashback to the blue waters of the cliffs with surfers/presenters Jim “Mouse” Robb, 86, Marsh Malcolm, 86, John Holly, 76, Billy Chapman, 75, Tom “Lizard” Chapman, 76.
Talk included tales of the “Original Gidget” Linda Benson.
This Sunset Cliffs program covered the years 1945 – 1965, including 1947 film footageof surfing planks (wood longboards) at Ab’s beach.