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Newport Bay and Lido Isle
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Morris, Ralph
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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This collection includes approximately 40,000 photographs by commercial photographer Ralph Morris, who worked in the Los Angeles area from 1939-1981. His advertising and industrial clients included department stores, restaurants, the automobile and petroleum industries as well as business executives. Also included is the Luckhaus Studio collection of architecture, fashion, the movie industry, sports and street scenes, images which Morris obtained in 1939.
The city of Newport Beach, located in Orange County, includes the areas of Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills, and Balboa Peninsula (also known as Balboa). For thousands of years, members of the Tongva and Juanen~o/Luisen~o nations long inhabited this area. In 1870, Captain Samuel S. Dunnell's steamer named "Vaquero" made its first trip to a marshy lagoon for trading, and ventured into an unnamed harbor, which Dunnell decided to call "New Port". In 1875, James and Robert McFadded acquired a small wharf and warehouse on the west end named "Newport Landing". In 1902, James McFadden sold his Newport townsite and about half of the Peninsula to William S. Collins, who soon partnered with Henry E. Huntington. In 1905 city development increased when Pacific Electric Railroad established a southern terminus in Newport connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. In 1906, three major events happened: The Balboa Pavilion and Balboa Pier were completed; Pacific Electric "Red Cars" began service to the Balboa Peninsula and Pavilion, bringing thousands of summertime visitors from Los Angeles; and in August, the scattered settlements which included the Peninsula, West Newport, Balboa Island, and Lido Isle, with a combined population of 206 citizens, were incorporated as the City of Newport Beach. It is currently one of the wealthiest communities in California and consistently places high in United States rankings. Notable residents include and/or have included: (Actors/Entertainers) Buddy Ebsen, Dale Evans, Emma Stone, Errol Flynn, George Burns, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joey Bishop, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Roy Rogers, Shirley Temple; (Athletes) Carsten Ball, Dennis Rodman, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Francois Botha, George Yardley, Ilia Kulik, Joffery Lupul, John Welbourn, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Kobe Bryant, Matt Barkley, Tiger Woods; (Authors/Writers) Dean Koontz, Frank Rumbauskas; (Business people) Donald Bren, John H. Meier; (Musicians) Anton Newcombe, Dick Dale, Mark McGrath, Mike Ness, etc. among many others. Population has also grown by leaps and bounds; in 1910 there were 445 residents, in 1950 population was at 12,120, by 1990 it stood at 66,643, and as of January 1, 2009, population was 86,252.
Aerial photograph shows Newport Bay and its surrounding areas, which include: Linda Isle ('white' island, top left); Harbor Island (small island, middle top); Bay Island (small island, top right); Newport Heights (extreme middle left); Balboa (extreme middle right); and Lido Isle ('oblong' island, middle). Boats of various sizes are anchored in the water. View also shows residential homes and businesses surrounding the area.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Ralph Morris Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
Newport Harbor-Views, Aerial.
Boats and boating--California--Newport Beach
Dwellings--California--Newport Beach
Beaches--California--Newport Beach
Marinas--California--Newport Beach
Bays--California--Newport Beach
Newport Beach (Calif.)--Aerial views
Lido Isle (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Balboa (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Newport Beach (Calif.)
Aerial photographs

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