In the Box #5

In today’s post, I am returning to the artifacts about the 1929 road trip left in Dotty’s box with her postcards and letters home.  So far you’ve read about a letter from home, the original schedule for mail via General Delivery, a likely souvenir postcard, and a newspaper clipping about a fire the three saw.

Today, we are so used to the familiar sight of rack cards and brochures at tourist destinations and hotels advertising a site that we should see while we are in the area.  I had a habit of picking up one card for everything that sounded interesting when I was touring an area, even if I knew I wouldn’t get there during the trip.  Understandably, that got to be a bit much, so I tend to stick to picking up materials for the places I actually go to.

These types of materials existed in 1929, and even though Dotty did not pick up many, she did pick up some, and this is one example.


Dotty, Edie, and Ev visited Ramona’s Marriage Place on October 27, 1929 at the beginning of their stay in San Diego.



I’m rather a fan of this particular piece of literature as it provides me as a researcher with a decent amount of information, everything from how it was once shown to the public to who owned it.  It puts it in a good dialogue for how the location exists today.  Now it is known as Casa de Estudillo and is a part of Old Town State Historic Park.  It was donated to the State of California 38 years after Dotty, Edie, and Ev saw it.  T. P. Getz operated the site until his death in 1934, after which his daughter ran it until 1964.

Although Dotty didn’t say much about the house in her letter home, the location did impress her enough that she at least wrote to say that they went to see it.

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I am glad that this site is still open and available for me to visit during my road trip, and you can be sure I’ll grab a brochure when I go.  Do you pick up the brochures and rack cards for tourist destinations when you travel?  What do you do with them when you get home?


Part of Map version 2.0 will include a map layer of places the three toured or visited for sightseeing purposes, including Ramona’s Marriage Place and Balboa Park (another San Diego attraction visited by the three on October 28th).

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2 Responses to In the Box #5

  1. Denny Gibson says:

    I knew nothing of Ramona or her wedding place when I sort of stumbled on it a couple of years ago. I enjoyed the visit though Ramona’s Wedding Place was just another piece of an interesting and entertaining historical park. With advance knowledge and a personal connection, you’re certain to enjoy it even more. I got a kick out of seeing the pamphlet with the fountain that I photographed over eighty years later.

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