Redwood Estates, circa 1926

4 Nov

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.

giant-strideA 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. redwood estates pavilion in 1927 

I also found this shot of the community pool in 1941. What was once a clear view of the mountains is today a forest.  Redwood Estates Pool - 2013

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 Trees have grown up and up, and the gorgeous vistas have been replaced by the comforting feeling of being  tucked down among towering sequoias.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.

One Response to “Redwood Estates, circa 1926”

  1. debbie crittenden November 8, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Stephen really enjoyed the “advertisement” for Redwood Estates. He had no idea such types of promotions were made in the 1920’s. He also commented on the lot price, “starting as low as $5!” The Long Stride reminded me of something we had in our neighborhood in Ohio. It was of a similar design, but had about 5 arms, from which tires were suspended. We had good fun flying on that thing, and one of the neighborhood dogs would try to bite the tires, which made the ride all the more thrilling.

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