playland.jpgUnless you were in San Francisco in the early 1910s, the beginnings of Playland are more a fantasy than experience. SF historian James R. Smith can change all that for you, however, with his talk this Saturday at the San Francisco Public Library on the origins of the Ocean Beach amusement park.

His new book, “San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Early Years” contains over 200 vintage photographs, back when its carousel first drew oohs and ahhs. Many of the photos are previously unpublished and have been culled from Playland builders Arthur Looff, John Friedle, and George Whitney.

His talk is expected to, a spokesperson for the book’s publisher says, “document a lost world of fun, glamour and excitement.” Sounds good to us!

What: SF Historian James R. Smith is giving a historical talk to promote his new book “San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Early Years”
When: Saturday, March 26 from 12pm-1:30pm
Where: SF Main Library in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B
Cost: Fantastically free!

Photo of Playland T-shirt: Gangs of San Francisco

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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