Along with the membership certificate for the Redwood Estates Services Association we received a cool ad from 1926 touting the many benefits of life in this “cabin-paradise.” I was especially intrigued by the large call-out for the playground.
A little digging uncovered this promotional silent film from 1927 that shows the immense awesomeness of the coolest playground contraption ever (at 2:08). I can see why the ad gives such a prominent placement to the playground. That maypole thing is rad!
(Found out these are called Giant Strides. Apparently it was the was the first apparatus to be recommended for removal playgrounds for safety back in the 1920s. But there were many still in use through the 1970s and sometimes still found today. Awesome.)
The video also shows how clear-cut this area was 90 years ago.
(The video is 10 minutes long and not that exciting unless you live here, but there are some cool shots of downtown Los Gatos, complete with awesome street car, at 7:27.)
The community building is likely in the same spot as today’s pavilion, where we got married. Back then it was a barren hilltop with clear views but today it’s surrounded by tall redwoods. The tennis courts are now the pavilion parking lot.
The name of our cross street is starting to make more sense: Bayview. Back in the day it surely offered a clear view of the bay. A long lifetime later the landscape has been transformed. Trees have grown up and up, and the gorgeous vistas have been replaced by the comforting feeling of being tucked down among towering sequoias. Water is no longer piped free to every cabin and the prices are no longer “astonishingly low” but I’m happy with my bit of paradise.