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Wade Kidwell's Album # 2

Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: February 2010


Caption: Postcard showing the Switchback Railway on Ocean Beach.
Date unknown, but early 1900s.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: February 2010


Caption: Postcard showing the Swan boat at Blue Lagoon. As children we knew it as the 'Duck Boat' and it was a favourite, rivalled only by the delights contained in the building at the extreme right of the picture, the famous Sunkist restaurant.
Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: February 2010


Caption: Postcard showing the children's train at the beachfront which succeeded the one below.
Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: February 2010


Caption: Postcard showing the children's train at the beachfront.
Date unknown. See here for some memories of it.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing Addington Hospital. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing Addington Hospital. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the sunken gardens and amphitheatre. Looking south towards the Bluff. Date unknown.



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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the sunken gardens and amphitheatre. Looking south towards the Bluff. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the Golden Mile and labelled with the names of the beaches. Date unknown.

August 27, 2008: Bev Nelson writes that this picture must date from the late 1980s, or even later, because it shows the Elangeni & Maharani hotels having become Holiday Inns.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Early postcard of the promenade in front of the paddling pools. The postcard is used and dated 20/7/1929. View the back here.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: A postcard showing a view of the beachfront. The quality is quite poor but it does show the location of the various buildings on the seashore, many of which are gone now. On the right, we have Newtons Amusement Arcade, there's a triangular patch of grass, a parking lot and the Nest and the Cuban Hat, a building which is still there, Rachel Finlayson Pool and Kensington Amusement Arcade.
It looks to me as if the Kensington is on the site presently occupied by the Ocean Conference Centre, but for not much longer.

August 27, 2008: Bev Nelson writes that this picture must date from the 1960s because there is no sign of the Malibu Hotel which she recalls as having been there 1n 1971.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: A postcard showing much the same view as the one above.

August 27, 2008: Bev Nelson writes that this picture must date from the 1960s because there is no sign of the Malibu Hotel which she recalls as having been there 1n 1971.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Showing the bowling greens on South Beach. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: The Boating Pond which was, as I remember, adjacent to the paddling ponds
on the north side. A strong attraction was the Tunnel of Love. Date Unknown.

August 27, 2008: Bev Nelson writes that this picture must date from the 1970s because the Malibu Hotel (now Garden Court) is included and she remembers that as been there in 1971.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: The Boating Pond again
. Date Unknown.

August 27, 2008: Bev Nelson writes that this picture must date from the 1970s because the Malibu Hotel (now Garden Court) is included and she remembers that as been there in 1971.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: A postcard showing the Espalande. I don't know what the statue was but, on the right towards the top, is the Point Yacht Club at the yacht mole.
Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: A postcard showing the entrance to the harbour.
Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the Killarney Hotel which contained the Monk's Inn pub which offered Steak, Eggs and Strips.
A verse I remember which was often quoted by James, a popular waiter at the Los Angeles Hotel, went: "Vai [go to the] Killarney, smoke zarney [cannabis], scheme [think] you're lekker larney [nice and important]. Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing a lovely night view of the days when the annual funfair used to be held on the beachfront and the Lower Marine Parade was still open to cars. Date unknown but the fact that the funfair was in town means it was probably in the July School Holidays.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: The Ocean Terminal with a Union Castle Mail Boat docked alongside. Those were the days! Date unknown.

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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the famous paddling (piddling) ponds. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the famous paddling (piddling) ponds. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the Point Yacht Club and yacht mole. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing South Beach. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing South Beach. On the left is Addington Hospital, the blue and white Little Top and, on the right, the Lido which disappeared a couple of years ago. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing South Beach. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing surfers off South Beach. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing the Torquay Hotel. Date unknown.


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Sent in by: Wade Kidwell
Date: August 2008


Caption: Postcard showing Umhlanga Rocks. Date unknown.


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