Today I happened upon a treasure trove on Mission Street, one of the oodles of antique shops in South Pasadena, California. There were so many vintage postcards (and I had such short funds) I couldn’t let myself really start to burrow, so I limited myself to two irresistibly kitsch cards, and two from a hoard of 1920’s portraits. If you’ve yet to experience the California roadtrip tradition of stopping off here for Andersen’s Pea Soup, then allow me to introduce you to Solvang. In the early 1900’s, a group of Danes who’d settled in the American Midwest sought warmer climes in California, relocating to San Francisco. But in the funny, wonderful smörgåsborg style of California, when a Mexican land grant came up for sale in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, the Danes bought nearly 9,000 acres and moved on down. Mission Santa Ines stood in the middle of the new town of Solvang (meaning “sunny fields”), but it was home. The settlers established a folk high school and a Lutheran church. Tourism boomed after Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Ingrid of Denmark visited in 1939. (Princess Margrethe II has visited as well.) The town sprouted four windmills, Hans Christian Andersen-related statues, and don’t forget the bakeries! I looked at this through a magnifying glass but still couldn’t determine what she is holding. What’s your guess?Till next time, maties!
08 Jun This entry was published on June 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm. It’s filed under Americana, This Just In! and tagged 1920s dressed as pirate, 1920s photographs, 1920s portraits, 1920s women, 1980's postcard, 1980s restaurant scene, about Solvang, brief history of Solvang, campy postcards, Danish festival, Danish-American festival, female pirate, kitsch postcards, pirate woman, Solvang Danish Days, Solvang postcard, ugly postcard, Wisconsin postcard.