The world has changed so dramatically in the last 50 years that it's almost unrecognizable from the world of the 1960s. Yet somehow there's still something distinctly "California" about all the images we're going to share with you.
California may be the most interesting place on the planet. It's full of beautiful people (including a lot of Hollywood's stars), there's surfing, and the sun never stops shining. But what made it that way is what we want to know.
Let's take a look at California's recent past and see if we can spot some clues together.
One thing people forget about the 1960s is that it was the era of mass development in California. This kind of residential growth may not be fondly remembered, but it was widespread.
2. On The Borderline
This is a great shot which really captures the vibe of the period. It's a Californian street, but only just as it lay on the California-Arizona border.
3. Standing Together
The Brown Berets were icons of the civil rights movement in California, and here you can see a large group of them gathered together to support each other.
This is a fantastic insight into the stability of San Francisco's streetcar network. We doubt they'd let you hang off the outside today, though.
5. The Sounds Of A Generation
This is a view of Capitol Records from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's another near-movie, perfect picture, isn't it? It screams fame and fortune.
6. Disney Days
Disneyland is near-synonymous with California, and didn't it look different back then? It's clear that the high-tech age was some way off.
7. Hard Work
California may be famous for the movies, but it's always attracted hard workers, too. These loggers were setting to the task of chopping redwoods down to size.
8. Iconic California
This incredible picture of Sacramento Airport suggests all the California iconism of the era. We think it's the colors that really bring it through.
9. Out To Sea
Back in those days, beachfront wasn't the prime real estate it is today, and you'd see fishing boats left on the beach all the time.
10. Going Downtown
This is a real scene from the downtown area of a Californian city, but somehow it looks like it was lifted straight from Hollywood, doesn't it?
11. The California Of Your Dreams
This superb postcard captured the California of our imagination. People chilling by the pool in the heat of the day. It's just the way we'd want it to be.
12. Guns At The Ready
The days of rogue cowboys marching California's roads are long gone, but riot police were occasionally needed to prevent more modern problems raising their ugly head.
13. Surfer's Paradise
It's beaches that really pull the crowds to California, and they did back then, too. Although, the cars they drove were markedly different, weren't they?
14. Shock Factor
It's fair to say that 1960s California had its issues, too. Here's a stark reminder of the race riots that once plagued the state.
15. The Streets Of San Francisco
Yes, San Francisco actually looked like this in the 1960s. It's not a still from a movie, just an ordinary everyday photo of the city's beauty.
So there you have it, the roots of California's future. The state is a bit different today, isn't it? However, it's still easy to see the essence of California in each of these images.
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