Monthly Archives: November 2015

Curious Canyon Entrance, Santa Cruz, CA

This image shows  customers gaining entry to the old-style attraction known as Curious Canyon in its early days, and now known as the Mystery Spot.

Entrance, Curious Canyon, Santa Cruz, Calif.

There is no description on the back of this card. Its is typical of the unposed photos that were printed on postcard stock as souvenirs for customers. To the left is the exit to the attraction, with the sign “I Just Saw Curious Canyon”. Possibly, visitors could have their pictures taken there as a souvenir as well.

This postcard likely dates from the 1940s.

Santa’s Kitchen, Santa Claus (Carptenteria) California

This image, a cut down portion of a postcard, shows the establishment called Santa’s Kitchen. It was part of the larger Santa Claus, California development along U. S. Highway 101 in Carpenteria, California.

Pub. by Mellinger Studios, 597 W. Figueroa Dr., Altadena, Calif.

The description states:


by the sea on 101 where all cars stop.

High above the picturesque wishing well and water wheel, a smiling Santa waves to all who visit his California center.

–The Santa mentioned appears to have been cut off from the left side of the card. The cars visible here indicate this card is from the 1950s.

Santa Claus, California

This roadside attraction is not a town or other administrative location, but simply a name for a business along U. S. Highway 101 catering to tourists interested in purchasing Christmas themed souvenirs during their travels in southern California.

Published by Mellinger Studio, 597 W. Figueroa Dr., Altadena, Calif.

The description states:


On Highway 101 where the mountains meet the sea.


Santa’s Wonderland by the sea.

–The business location on Highway 101 proved initially very profitable, but when the Interstate Highway system replaced such older highways for inter-city travel, business declined significantly. This business was located on Santa Claus Lane in Carpenteria, California, but has closed, though the Santa atop the far building was preserved and made a landmark.

The car shown indicates this image is from the 1950s.