Santa Monica: A Look Back to 1902 from Today
The project was born from a copy of the Santa Monica Fire Department, Souvenir Book of Santa Monica, 1902 that I found as a child while living in the former home of Edmond S. Gillette, the city’s mayor in the 1930s. I recently rediscovered the “souvenir” book, which was originally sold door to door to raise money for the fire department and contains 110 photographs of Santa Monica–as it looked over one hundred years ago.
My book updates the same rich, historical imagery with current day photographs of the 1902 locations and features montages that visually juxtapose the old and new to reveal how the city, and life in Santa Monica, has evolved.
There will be an exhibit of the book in 2018 at the Santa Monica History Museum.