Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Santa Barbara, California - 1920's

These views of Santa Barbara are published by W.W. Osborne of Santa Barbara. The cards were manufactured by the Albertype Co. of Brooklyn, New York. When the divided back postcard were authorized, the Albertype company created a line down the back of their cards with the words "Post Cards of Quality"...and I couldn't agree more! These cards also label "Hand-Colored" on them. The coloring on these cards (and the other cards of theirs that I have) is done with subtlety. Unlike many colored cards that tend to be bold and garish.

Santa Barbara 's first and only eight-story building was designed by A.B. Rosenthal and constructed by Charles Urton and opened April 9, 1924. Urton had never attempted a steel high-rise before, so he sent away for a series of "how-to" books to assist him in completing the project. After the earthquake of 1925 did almost no damage to the new structure, Urton proudly hung a banner from the top floor of the building proclaiming: "Built by Charles M. Urton, Builder." The Granada has been completely restored and is home to the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts.


  1. These are magnificent. I like Santa Barbara the way it is today too, but this looks like the Nice or Cannes. Beautiful.

    1. Santa Barbara is still a treat, especially if one is escaping Los Angeles!...Great to hear from you Christine! Hope you and yours are doing well!

  2. The hand-coloring on those cards is just beautiful, particularly the first one. I can't help but be reminded of how the progress of technology makes certain jobs many people do you suppose were employed to apply coloration to postcards back then? Given the popularity of postcards then, it must have been a significant number.