Here’s some more fun beach shots from the 1910’s! All of these photos and descriptions are by Jeff Delaney, and were taken from his book, Newport Beach.
There were no lifeguards in the early days, but a lifeline through the breakers offered security to bathers, many of whom could not swim.
Seine fishing, a popular tourist attraction, involved horses drawing smelt-filled nets onto the shore.
Visitors to this popular spot could hire a launch to take them around the bay or to Rocky Point in Corona del Mar.
For a nominal fee, tent cottages were available for rent right on the bay.
If you enjoy looking at the past, you can easily browse my “Local History” section for more on Newport Beach’s history.
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