Beach crowds, 1955
Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Gaze. Date: 1955-02-12. Reporter: Caption only. Assignment: Beach crowds. #1-2-30: While below zero weather reports and a mounting death toll were coming from many other sections of the country, Southern California beaches today (Sat.) were crowded. In the foreground of this picture at the state beach north of Santa Monica are Tom (left) and Bob Bleecker with friend's dog, Pixie. #4-81-82: Ditto on zero weather as above, except this scene was made on North Santa Monica Beach near the foot of Montana Ave. #17-18: Lucille Narcisse (left) and Jane Franz, together with Jane's dog, Pixie, who may not win dog show honors but who knows what to wear in bright sunlight, bask in the balmy weather on the state beach at the mouth of Santa Monica Canyon. Lifeguards estimated more than 28,000 persons on the beach and in the surf from Playa del Rey to Malibu. Maximun temperature at Santa Monica Harbor, air, a balmy 70, water, 54:.