12 Rare Photos From Southern California That Will Take You Straight To The Past

Want to be swept away to another place in time? These rare black and white photos of Southern California will take you back to SoCal like you’ve never seen it before. Flipping through these pictures is like flipping through an old photo album you discovered in your grandparent’s attic. You’ll find a snapshot from a 1920s beauty pageant, a candid moment at a glitzy Hollywood party, a charming main street from the 1940s, and many other surprises.

If you can’t get enough of these vintage gems, take a look at these other rare photos of Southern California in my other post that takes you back in time to SoCal’s major cities: What Southern California’s Major Cities Looked Like in 1910. Ready to be dazzled? Let’s look at some vintage black and white pictures!

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If you like what you see, you can look at even more vintage pictures of SoCal from 1930, 1950, 1960 and 1970. If you love old photos, you won’t be able to resist these pictures, I promise!