Huntington Beach Old Photos and Information for Surf City

The most recent history of Huntington Beach is 100-year venture into tourism, oil & space exploration and soft industries with corporate headquarters locating to the city. Huntington Beach's rich history of photos began with the Newland House, the Red Car, a pleasure pier, ocean plunge, pavilion and attractions not strikingly different from today.  Shortly after Huntington Beach adopted its name, an oil boom began when several veins were discovered on the land near the beach. For approximately 100 years, the derricks, offshore platforms and pumps have dotted the terrain and appeared in the landscape of photographs. While the pumps surprisingly still sit next to houses, a hotel in the downtown region and are plentiful near the wetlands, many have been capped as the price of land goes up. This picture gallery includes an assortment of photos obtained through various sources and is brought to you for your enjoyment. We'd like to thank those who have contributed to the cause of helping educate and remind us of our roots in the West Coast Mecca of Huntington Beach, California, also known as Surf City.

Grand Opening of Main Street Post Office in Huntington Beach circa 1936

The Grand Opening of the grand old building was a festive event. Weathering the years very well, take a look at this same building approximately 70 years later. Preserved through time, you can still see some of the original, personal mailboxes in use today. Look at the wood trims, high windows and features of this beautiful building.  The employees lack the modern conveniences such as air conditioning but enjoy working in this historic property full of charm. The building is located in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.

Main Street Post Office in Downtown Huntington Beach (seen above)
316 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-4973

Post Office - Huntington Beach (passport service, bulk mail & mail pick up)
6771 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 843-4200

Post Office - Center Avenue
7328 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92605
(714) 843-4200

Post Office - Drug Emporium
9062 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 965-0015

Post Office - Ida Jean Haxton
9151 Atlanta Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92615
(714) 963-0621

Post Office - Station #459 Janet's Hallmark
8905 Atlanta Avenue Ste A, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 847-5665

Post Office - Station #461
15802 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 847-5665


Huntington Beach
 Hunting Beach
Huntington Beach
Red Car
Franklin Roosevelt
4th of July Parade
New Riders of the
Purple Sage
Golden Bear
 Robin William
Golden Bear
Linda Rondstadt
Golden Bear
John Mayall
Golden Bear

Kenny Rankin

Golden Bear
Golden Bear
Steve Martin
Golden Bear
Bachman Turner
Golden Bear
../Golden Bear building and signage from the 1980s

Golden Bear

Soap Box Derby
Huntington Beach
Main Street
Post Office
Realty Co. Office

Beach Carousel

Evangeline Hotel
Man on 3 while bike at Huntington Beach Pier
End of the Pier Cafe
John Gustafson
Huntington Surfer
 Surfing Huntington
Hoyt Axton
Golden Bear
Main Street Biz
Matthew Helme and His Family pose for photo in front of Historic Helme Building
Matthew Helme(15)
Helme Building
Salt Water Plunge
Huntington Beach


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Huntington Beach Post Office on the corner of Main Street and Olive

The Huntington Beach Post Office workers in the downtown Post Office state note that their old building lacks some of the modern conveniences such as air conditioning. The building was constructed in 1935 and likely opened in 1936. What the beautiful corner structure with its old-fashioned stairs lacks in amenities is made up in history. The original wood cases, mailboxes and tall windows are beautiful to look at.  If you have time to drop by the building during its hours of operation, notice the unique details that make it one of the most preserved and best examples of an earlier Huntington Beach.


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