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This postcard depicts one of the canals built by Abbot Kinney in 1905 in Venice, California to replicated the feeling of Venice, Italy in Southern California. Complete with Venetian style buildings and gondolas (as seen here), Kinney's Venice of America opened on July 4, 1905. Written on back: "This little scene taken at one of our beaches is, of course, artificial that is - canals are cut to let in the ocean water. Yours lovingly, W.E.G." Address to: Miss Dora W. Bargill, Franklin, Mass. Postmarked May 26, 1909.