This is a reminder that the Sun is off this week. Below are 11 popular posts from the last six months.
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Lula Mae Graves and Susie Keef Smith.
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In 1926, Susie Keef Smith took a job as postmaster in the desert east of Palm Springs. Joined by her 21-year-old cousin from Tennessee, Lula Mae Graves, their photos offer an unparalleled portrait of California’s desert outback. KCET
Every so often, swarms of European starlings form synchronized blobs in the skies over California. When a hungry falcon joins the mix, one of the avian world’s most heart-pounding aerial dramas plays out. California Sun
Field laborers of Japanese ancestry awaited instructions in the Bay Area in 1942.
A community lives on the bay by Sausalito: “Known as anchor-outs, they make their homes a quarter mile from the shore, on abandoned and unseaworthy vessels, doing their best, with little or no money, to survive.” Harper’s Magazine
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In the 1930s, word spread about a surfing paradise with some of the smoothest rides in California. Soon surfers hauling giant redwood planks formed a quirky community on the beach. Here’s a great collection of photos capturing the freewheeling life of San Onofre’s “beach bums.” TIME
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