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Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jan 08, 2017 reads comments
Way Back When in January 1917 - The year started off with new-fangled vehicles on Santa Barbara's streets, dogs in the news, Monarchs on the Mesa, the first flight to the Channel Islands, a complaint about movies, and a proposal to kill all the seals. 1971 4
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Dec 04, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in December 1916 - 100 years ago mobile movie cameras cruised our streets, Lockheeds started building planes, the idea for a bird refuge on the east end of our city took flight, and we had a snowy end to 1916. 2166 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Nov 06, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in November 1916 - 100 years ago in Santa Barbara, we took another step on the path to war when the first recruiting office opened on State Street. We debated following Germany's lead, and adopting daylight savings time. And what where those enormous mushrooms on our streets? 2023 11
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Oct 02, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in October 1916 - 100 years ago in Santa Barbara, a "human fly" climbed a State Street clock tower, a wireless phone inventor came to town, the Lobero Theater reopened, and bread police roamed the streets. 2717 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Sep 04, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in September 1916 - 100 years ago in Santa Barbara, people jumped out of an airplane without parachutes, a whale hit the wharf, there was a shooting on State Street, and the library was only a hole in the ground. 3354 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Aug 07, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in August 1916 - Ramona was on the screen, scandalous swimsuits were on the beach, the Lockheeds were up in the air, and a house was picked up and moved down the street to make way for our new library. Also, who stole the burro? 2893 10
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jul 03, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in July 1916 - Cowboys, dynamite, and parades on land and sea combined to make a memorable July 4th celebration in Santa Barbara. Chick and Dodo made an appearance, and so did America's first super model. 3019 5
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jun 05, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in June 1916 - Highlights in the Santa Barbara papers this month 100 years ago include sexy swimsuits, more Lockheed flights, Western comedies, dying swans, and an almost war with Mexico! 2949 6
Articles from Daily Newsletter on May 08, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in May 1916 - Starlets and flyboys breezed into Santa Barbara this month. So did a wagon full of crazies preaching that the end of the world was coming. And would you believe a story about canned horse! 2524 13
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Apr 03, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in April 1916 - We had April Fools' jokes back in 1916, as well as a major crime cover-up, rats and badgers running rampant, ships exploding in the Channel, dogs rescuing babies, and Mr. Knapp builds his dream castle. 3456 5
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Mar 06, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in March 1916 - Our local movie business was in the spotlight 100 years ago this month: actors stranded on an island, and a daredevil stunt car driver jumping over a canyon. And why is there never a shark around when you need one? 3626 12
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Feb 07, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in February 1916 - Quirky happenings in Santa Barbara this month meant whangdoodle sightings, or was it a giant flying spider?, a naval academy in Hope Ranch?, 500 eggs but no chickens in sight, a pool filled with continents, and movies, songs, and more. 3071 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jan 03, 2016 reads comments
Way Back When in January 1916 - A new year in Santa Barbara meant dancing with a handsome cowboy movie star, discovering a German imposter, and dealing with homesick seals. Folks needed their boots and water wings for the record rainfall as the month ended. 2977 3
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Dec 06, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in December 1915 - They actually had enough snow up on La Cumbre Peak in December 1915 for a good old-fashioned snowball fight! Meanwhile back in the mean streets of Santa Barbara, another cross-dressing panty purloiner was on the prowl. 3155 7
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Nov 08, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in November 1915 - (Nearly) naked ladies cavorted for the camera, people were jumping out of burning buildings, a resort up on the hill went up in flames, a mysterious bug wreaked havoc in Santa Barbara, and we counted our blessings in 1915. 4708 6
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Oct 04, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in October 1915 - Movies were in the news in October 1915. Scenes were being shot all over the city, and actors themselves came close to being shot – with pistols! Do kids belong in school or on the movie set? 2543 3
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Sep 06, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in September 1915 - Don Quixote rode into town, Casey was at the bat, Emily Post was at the Potter Hotel, and a "devil fish" appeared at the wharf!   3397 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Aug 02, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in August 1915 - Animals are in the headlines this month – on land, on sea, and on the stage. Four inspiring women are in the spotlight as well. And Santa Barbara begins to feel the effects of World War I. 3377 3
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jul 05, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in July 1915 - Everyone agreed it was the best Fourth of July celebration that Santa Barbara had ever seen – 15,000 spectators, parades on sea and on land, fireworks, and everybody's favorite finale – dynamite blowing a raft to smithereens. Oh yeah! 4724 10
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jun 07, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in June 1915 - Record-setting racecars roared along Cabrillo Boulevard, and the palm trees were almost uprooted. Booze flowed in the sewers, and the "man from plaid" walked the streets of our fair city. 3603 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on May 03, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in May 1915 - There was plenty of drama in Santa Barbara both onscreen and behind the scenes, as well as a shipwreck, a snowstorm, and an evil omen, maybe. Other than that, it was a perfectly normal month in our fair city. 3704 5
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Apr 05, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in April 1915 - People were coming and going this month: in ambulances, bicycles, unicycles, on horseback, and in yachts. There was even a popcorn man wandering around. 3748 13
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Mar 08, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in March 1915 - A stagecoach robber strolled down State Street in broad daylight? It costs how much to call New York? A car drove here all the way from San Francisco? Don't believe me? Read for yourself. 3824 6
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Feb 08, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in February 1915 - This month it's all about the SB actress (almost) no one knows, when the Rincon Road was made of wood, controversial ridesharing in Model Ts (sound like Uber?), and animals behaving badly (again). 5431 10
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jan 04, 2015 reads comments
Way Back When in January 1915 - The year started off with the usual weirdness that included peacock tamales, Mutt and Jeff on stage, full-frontal nudity of sorts, an earthquake, a storm, fish on the sidewalk, and a celebrity frog. Or was it a toad? 4873 4
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Dec 07, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – December 1914 - Toys under the tree, art pottery, Santa Barbara's float in the Pasadena Rose Parade, "weed" chains, a meteor fell in Mission Canyon (maybe), and Charlie Chaplin had us rolling in the aisles. 3385 11
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Nov 02, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – November 1914 - This month, the focus was on giving thanks for modern inventions in the kitchen, a new building the Funk Zone, and helping the people in war-torn Europe. 4226 13
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Oct 05, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – October 1914 - Martha Graham, one of the most famous graduates of our high school, took the first step toward her dancing career this month. A Flying "A" movie featured an electrical car, and a cow strolled down State Street. 4628 14
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Sep 07, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – September 1914 - September 1914 in Santa Barbara -- Rattlesnake Jim and Mule Man were in town, there was a German warship sighting, and Maniacs met in Oak Park. 7050 7
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Aug 10, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – August 1914 - August 1914 in Santa Barbara meant swimsuits, the Panama Canal, the El Mirasol Hotel, smart cats, and that silly old war in Europe. 6046 28
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jul 13, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – July 1914 - It was an old-fashioned July 4th in 1914 — dynamite and gasoline, X-rated movies, bad dogs, and Civil War veterans marching down State Street. 4345 4
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jun 22, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – June 1914 - June 1914 - sex at the Arlington, forbidden fruit, and al fresco affairs. Nothing was what it seemed to be in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. 7657 13
Articles from Daily Newsletter on May 18, 2014 reads comments
Santa Barbara in May 1914 - May 1914 was a heck of a month — men bowled in their skivvies, dressed in drag, and LA was on the brink of destruction. 5805 11
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Apr 13, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When – Santa Barbara in April 1914 - April 1914 — Buffalo Bill came to town with the circus. And Pancho Villa and the Mexican revolution came to a theater near you. 5667 15
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Mar 16, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When in Santa Barbara – March 1914 - March 1914 in Santa Barbara – there were daredevils diving, celebrity sightings, talking pictures, and evil clowns on the loose? 4732 8
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Feb 16, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When: February 1914 - Read All About It! Headlines in our local newspapers in February 1914 included tidal waves, rattlesnakes, and pale blue poison. 5636 16
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Jan 19, 2014 reads comments
Way Back When in Santa Barbara – January 1914 - Betsy Green is back with the top headlines from 100 years ago, including who used to smuggle drugs into the area. 5335 15
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Dec 15, 2013 reads comments
Way Back When in Santa Barbara — December 1913 - It was an old-fashioned Christmas in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. Betsy Green shares highlights from December in 1913. 6794 15
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Nov 17, 2013 reads comments
Way Back When in Santa Barbara – November 1913 - Betsy J. Green peruses the newspapers of 1913 so you don't have to! An interesting, informative, and occasionally irreverent look at everyday life in our city 100 years ago this month. 4942 16
Articles from Daily Newsletter on Oct 13, 2013 reads comments
Way Back When in Santa Barbara-October 1913 - An interesting, informative (and sometimes irreverent) recap of everyday life in Santa Barbara 100 years ago this month. 6699 20

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