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In our series about old Imperial Beach. I have a postcard many of you should recognize!

Dec 13, 2014 02:12PM ● By Paul Spear
Tell us when you think it was taken. Where you think it was taken and what was happening with  you and Imperial Beach at the same time. We will print your answers in the next day or two.
Each week I am going to post a picture from an old Imperial Beach postcard on my website, Let's see if we can get this going, we are going

Each week I am going to post a picture from an old Imperial Beach postcard on my website, Let's see if we can get this going, we are going to leave the first picture up for 3 days to try to get this going. If we get a lot of guesses or answers, the second picture will go up sooner!

Respond to only with your best guess or answer! Your job is to figure out when the picture was taken and what it is if any provide any history you may know to go with it!

 If for some reason you have problems with finding the "Comment Section" email you answer/guess to "".  Include your name and contact info. If you do not want all of that published, go with the email method and I will leave out personal info!

We are working with some potential sponsors so we will have prizes to go out for best guesses and answers.

The date of the picture can range from pre-1900's to 1960's or so..

Your job is to figure out when the picture was taken and what it is. Guesses or answers must be put in the "Comment Section" underneath the picture to get any credit or recognition.

Below is the last picture we ran and the excellant answer we got. See answer below: 
We have a winner, Lucia Cabrera, She was able to identify the Old IB Picture and approximate time of the picture and give us some great history to go with it!
Hi my name is Lucia Cabrera, So from reading a couple of paragraphs from articles I found below that I copied and pasted, describes the picture on the website of the old Imperial Beach Pier, which was formally called the, "Edwards' Wave Motor Pier", named after Charles E. Edwards, built in 1909. This one was one of many experiments done on the Southern California coast. It was designed to generate electricity by using the energy from the waves to turn the generators. This machine supplied excess electricity to small train cars to transport passengers to their destination. In reference to the picture, my guess is that this picture was taking in or around 1909. For two decades wave motors of various designs were experimented with along Southern California's beaches. The pattern was to announce a new patent, put the wave motor model on display, and let the public and investors examine the machine. Small trials would be done and then, if successful, full scale plants would be built. Only a few wave motors made it to that final stage. Most notable was the Starr Wave Motor of Redondo Beach which began construction in 1907. It was a large project that hoped to supply power for six counties. In the end, the enormous machine collapsed in 1909 because of the flimsy construction of the pier on which it was attached. The Wright Wave Motor of Manhattan Beach (1897), the Reynolds Wave Motor of Huntington Beach (1906) and the Edwards Wave Motor of Imperial Beach (1909) also made it far enough to have full scale models built. The Wright Wave Motor is the only one of these Victorian era wave motors still in existence. It is buried in the sand at the foot of the present pier in Manhattan Beach. Within this twenty year period, wave motors of various sizes and stages of development were experimented with in Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, Oceanside, Laguna Beach, Catalina Island, Santa Monica, Venice, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Ocean Park. In 1909 a boardwalk was built, as was a 500-foot-long pier at the foot of Date Street. Both were built by the Imperial Beach Improvement Association and the two became the centers of beachfront activity. In 1912 the ferry ceased operation but direct electric inter-urban train service began from San Diego to Imperial Beach—an event which affected the pier. Passengers would ride the San Diego and South Eastern Railway to Otay Junction, today's Main Street in Chula Vista, where they would transfer to the Mexico and San Diego Railway to finish their journey to Imperial Beach. To power the electric cars, six wave motors, designed by Charles E. Edward, were built on a dogleg extension at the end of the pier, and, so, for a period of time, the pier was called the Edwards’ Wave Motor Pier. The machines were used to power the electric train cars with excess electricity being sold to subscribers. Eventually these wave machines lost favor but the pier continued to be used for recreational fishing until 1941 when the pier was damaged by winter storms. In 1948 storms finally washed the pier away for good and then, in 1953, the boardwalk suffered a similar fate.



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