Pacific Beach circa 1960

It was Donut Thursday at Starbucks -- and July 4, 2013 -- when Mission Bay High grad Johnnie Wilding espied his old classmate Pete Gerrity coming in to the store. Turns out Pete has been living in Columbus, Ohio but wanted to share the photo above, which he had in his phone. I wish I know who took it. I'm putting a 1960 date on it, because I can't believe anyone in Pacific Beach could afford a new 1957 Ford or Chevy. Actually, that might be a black 1960 Buick behind the Jeep. I assume you recognized the intersection of Mission Blvd and Garnet Avenue, with Crystal Pier at the rear. It's nice to see the old Food Basket, which later became a Lucky Market -- but the real nostalgia lies with the Oscar's Drive-In sign on the left.

Following up a lead, I discovered three more photos that may have been taken at the same time.. Below is a shot that looks East from the end of Crystal Pier. Food Basket can be seen beyond the pier on the left, and Miller's West Department Store -- at the southeast corner of Garnet and Mission -- on the right.

This photo looks east from the Denny's driveway. The old Security Pacific Bank can be seen in the right center, with J. C. Penneys beyond that. At the left is Taylor Realtors which, for quite some time has been Moondoggie's.

The photo below looke east from the foot of Grand Avenue. Old timers might be able to spot Parker House Bakery on the left. IHOP has occupied the spot for many years. All manner and make and color of vintage cars catch the eye. At the intersection of Mission Blvd it looks like a turquoise Studebaker is about to take out a red and white Nash Rambler. The '54 Chevy on the right is painted in a color popular that year. It always reminded me of French Dressing.

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