Going to the beach was a popular pastime in the 1940s, just as it is now!
You can see the Pagoda House/China House standing at the entrance of the Newport Harbor, with beachgoers enjoying the China Cove beach in the foreground.
A different view of China Cove and the China House in this postcard. Although some tried to save the famous Pagoda House (also called China House) from demolition, they were unsuccessful. I highlighted this famous former landmark in one of my “Living in Newport Beach” posts here.
“Overlooking the entrance to Newport Harbor is the perfect spot for spectacular views of Corona del Mar State Beach, the harbor entrance, the Balboa Peninsula, and on a clear day, Catalina Island” (Jeff Delaney, Newport Beach).
A view of Corona del Mar State Beach in 1944! According to Jeff, in his book Newport Beach, “Before the extension of the jetties in the late 1930s, Corona del Mar was known for its surfing, even hosting the Pacific Coast Surfboard Championship in 1928. The longer jetties ended the “killer break” at Corona del Mar, signaling the demise of surfing at that beach.” Now the Wedge on the Newport Peninsula is known for surfing, albeit surfing for the more adventurous and danger-seeking surfers.
All of this information and photos are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.