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October 14, 2015

Amazing Vintage Photos Capture Everyday Life from the 1950s and 1960s in California

When Texas native George Tate arrived in Los Angeles for the first time in the early 1950s as a student at the Art Center School of Photography, he felt he’d found a place where he truly belonged. As he described it, Southern California seemed like a modern-day Babylon.

After his education, George Tate worked as a freelance photojournalist, pursuing the stories and subjects that captured his interest. According to his son, Tate was drawn to things that were at once foreign and attractive to him: the beach, the sun, and the health-and-fitness scene that was just starting to catch fire in Southern California.

He spent a lot of time at Muscle Beach at the base of the Santa Monica Pier, where men and women were practicing adagio, a type of acrobatic performance requiring strength, balance, and coordination.

(Images courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum, via Slate)


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