Throwback Thursdays - The Carlsbad Retrospect

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Throwback Thursdays - The Carlsbad Retrospect

 

We have a very cool newspaper in town called the Carlsbad Retrospect, a bimonthly publication featuring stories and news from Carlsbad's past, as well as old advertisements. It really is a walk back in time in our town and fun to see prices, the things that were happening in town in the past, and photos of some of the old (and in some cases gone) buildings.

 

The Carlsbad Retrospect newspaper

 

Here are a few newsworthy items from the Jan./Feb. 2016 addition:

 

In 1930 the population was approaching 2000 (it's about 116,000 today)

 

1952 the voters voted to make Carlsbad a City!

 

Thieves stole a bunch of flour and sugar from the Santa Fe Train Depot in 1917

 

Delicious dinners could be had at the Royal Palms Inn for $2.00 with a special Roast Turkey Plate for only $1.35

 

Tourists raelly like Carlsbad's mineral waters (a 1927 article proclaimed) - the original mineral water was discovered around 1884 by John A. Frazier (you can still buy mineral water at a kiosk on the main road at Alt Karlsbad - bring your own jug)

 

The NEW Carlsbad Mineral Spring Hotel opened May 24, 1930

 

A new barbershop chair was added to better accommodate patrons in 1926

 

You could buy a new Zenith TV in 1967 for $88.88 at Carlsbad TV and Appliance on State Street

 

Carlsbad considered gas rationing in 1974 and 19 service station operators were invited to meet with the mayor to discuss various options

 

Thieves stole 900 lbs. of avocados from Sam Thompson's grove in 1928

 

Some real estate marketing lingo never changes - an ad by a FSBO for a 2 BR home with ocean view  was "priced to sell"

 

A 3/2 beach front home was for sale in 1948 for $21,500 (today that would likely be $2.5M)

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Larry Johnston
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Hi  Jeff Dowler CRS ,  Times have really changed throughout the years.  Thanks for giving us a look back at Carlsbad, CA

Feb 25, 2016 05:17 AM #1
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Kathleen Daniels
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Jeff,  I applaud the person or people who create that newspaper. What a fun concept.

Feb 25, 2016 05:21 AM #2
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Kathleen Daniels 

I just spied it a few months ago in one of the downtown shops in the Village. I thought it was a great idea. We can subscribe for $35/year and have it delivered to our door. I like free!

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 05:25 AM #3
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Jeff that extra barber's chair was very important to those of us with hair :)

Feb 25, 2016 08:12 AM #4
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Larry Johnston 

It has been great fun reading the paper and seeing how things HAVE changed in the last 100 years!

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 08:15 AM #5
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George Souto 

Ha ha. I thought it was pretty funny that this made the news, but I guess in a very small town (at the time) it was a big deal. We now have hair salons - the barber shop is gone!

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 08:16 AM #6
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff love this TBT post to have a Newspaper that alone is TBT worthy:)),Endre

Feb 25, 2016 09:01 AM #7
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 

Thanks so much. It was pretty cool to come across this paper. Not only do I learn some of the history of Carlsbad but I get to share it!

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 09:15 AM #8
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Ed Silva
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I do remember the alternate days of gas purchases in 1974, and someone made a lot of guacamole with all those avocados

Feb 25, 2016 12:09 PM #9
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Ed Silva 

Ha ha. Yeah, I remember those days of rationing as well. As far as the guacamole, either that or they sold them independently!

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 12:20 PM #10
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Joan Cox
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Jeff, how cool would this be!   With newspapers having a hard time making money, good for The Carlsbad Retrospect for continuing!    

Feb 25, 2016 10:31 PM #11
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Joan Cox 

It's a fun paper to read. Not sure how popular it is but I've seen it a lot of places. I suspect much of the money comes from a couple of pages of advertising from current restaurants and retailers in the area.

Jeff

Feb 25, 2016 10:54 PM #12
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Mary Yonkers
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Love the Carlsbad trivia.  Hope the thieves didn't spill the flour, however, the cops would have loved that.  My dad can remember cheap meals from his youth.

thanks for the history Jeff Dowler CRS 

Feb 25, 2016 11:45 PM #13
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Mary Yonkers 

Some of the news is pretty funny. Thank you for coming by to visit!

Jeff

Feb 26, 2016 12:05 AM #14
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