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Santa Ana Traffic Enforcement, 1951

Santa Ana Traffic Enforcement, 1951

The driver of this Pontiac picked a bad place to let the meter run out – right across the street from Santa Ana City Hall. Even in 1951, when this photo was taken, finding long-term parking in downtown Santa Ana was a tricky business.


Drive For Victory, World War II

Drive For Victory, World War II

During World War II, the Auto Club organized "Drive For Victory," a program to conserve, tires, gasoline and vehicles during the war.


Auto Club Service Patrol motorcycles, mid-1930s

Auto Club Service Patrol motorcycles, mid-1930s

In the 1930s, the Auto Club began using the Harley Davidson models pictured here to patrol the highways of Southern California. In addition to assisting stranded motorists, the patrollers used cameras to investigate traffic crashes.


Death Valley, 1933

Death Valley, 1933

By promoting the distinctive landscapes of southern California, the Auto Club helped encourage recreational tourism and the development of the West.



Auto Camp, San Diego, 1925

Auto Camp, San Diego, 1925

Small cottage courts were a step up from campgrounds for automobile travelers. When rows of cottages were joined under a single roof, the motel was born.


Rincon Causeway, north of Ventura, 1912

Rincon Causeway, north of Ventura, 1912

Before the state took over highway construction, citizens in Ventura County erected a wooden causeway along the shore because there was no level land for a road.




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