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Honor Our History
Nancy Fisher | 24th Street

Ocean Song sign. Photo Mike Salt.
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Ok, so you placed bets at the track with Jimmy Durante, walked the beach with Desi Arnaz, and know every incarnation of La Tienda to En Fuego, and the Catholic Church to the Del Mar Library. You remember when we had a market, a drug store, a liquor store, and a gas station on Camino del Mar, all (gasp!) at the same time. When you think of “the” Plaza, Zel’s Liquor comes to mind, and the Poseidon will always be the Fire Pit to you.

Guess what? You can still learn a lot from the Del Mar Historical Society, founded by Harold (Swede) Throneson in 1985, and faithfully maintained by current president Larry Brooks and many dedicated volunteers.
Along with memories that precede even those of our distinguished senior residents, the DMHS has kept up with the times, collecting photos, documents, and artifacts from all decades, so if you’re a newcomer of, say - thirty or forty years - you too can wax nostalgic at a very special display at the San Diego County Fair now running in Del Mar through July 4th.

The Alvarado House, Del Mar’s first residence, which is temporarily located in the Garden Section of the fairgrounds, will again be open to the public, along with a display of the original signs and backstories from the Del Mar Airport (did you know there was one?), Kirby’s (vacuum cleaner store or restaurant known for gigantic popovers?), Esmeralda (books and coffee!), and their most recent gift, the Ocean Song/ Musica del Mar sign created by Del Mar tile artist Susan Beere, which hung over Virginia Igonda’s eclectic shop during the 80s and 90s.
For more information: info@delmarhistoricalsociety.org

Larry Brooks & John Pfleeger.
Courtesy DMHS.

Esmeralda mugs. Photo Nancy Fisher.

Kirby’s sign. Courtesy DMHS.


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