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HISTORY QUIZ: Step Back in Time

The San Mateo County Historical Association staffers have thousands of photos that they need help identifying in order to caption them. Can you help them?

 

Thanks to Patch readers ,  and   and to , for letting us know her personal connection to the flag photo!

The San Mateo County Historical Association still has many photos that need captions, after it recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations.

Mitch Postel, president of the historical association, bought the photos from a collector for $2,500.

Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them.

Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them - usually on Thursday or Saturday mornings - so you can help us identify them.

There is no information on the back of this photo with a whale, but the girl in the photo is wearing a t-shirt that says “South San Francisco.” Does anyone know where, and/or what year this photo was taken?

There is no information on the back of this photo with three people and a parrot. Does anyone  know who these people are, and/or what year the photo was taken? 

Please note in the comments if you have information about the photos attached.

Then call or e-mail  archivist, Carol Peterson, if you want more information. Carol can be reached by phone, (650) 299-0104, or e-mail, carol@historysmc.org

Peter Carey June 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Camel and Elephant rides !
SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM June 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM
What a fantastic memory! Those were certainly different times. Thanks, for sharing, George!
SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM June 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Very cool-- a unique twist on our current 'concert in the park' events. :)
SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM June 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Thanks, for letting us know the name of the trainer, Margo! It sounds like Ron was good with the cats, but that cat fight still looks pretty scary!
Debra Spiker August 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I have to chime in here. I worked at Marine World Africa USA for many years guessing 1978 to 1981. I worked with both the camels and the elephants. We had five camels and 3 elephants at that time. One was the infamous waterski elephant. She had an attitude. Our camel known as Lion was the voice of the wookie in Star Wars. Remember Chewbaca? all you had to do was scratch under the chin or on her throat and she would let out a sound that was similar to a throaty roar. I might have a lead on your parrot photo. My former brother in law was a handler at the bird show during that time. So yes we had camels and elephants. My ex-husband was Ron Whitfield's right hand man during the shows. I remember the cat fights. We always dreaded the night shows where the park would be closed to the public and occasionally rented to large corporations. They would have to perform at night. As we all know cats are primarily nocturnal and boy did they get all hyper at night. Leading to a lot of tension. Everyone watching the show could feel it. The tigers especially would move through the show perfoming at high speed and very aware of the lions. Causing the occasional fuss. I remember Ed just as shaky as Ron when he stepped out of the cage.

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