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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Silent Movies Made in Montecito

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY - 100 years ago this month

An Eye in the Sky


One hundred years ago, Santa Barbara had the Lockheed seaplanes taking off from the beach here, so it's not surprising that we had an aerial camera. This camera took still photos, not moving images. It was developed by a cameraman at the "Flying A" and took 8 x 10" negatives. When King Albert of Belgium visited Santa Barbara in October, he asked to examine this cutting-edge piece of photographic equipment. (Image: Motion Picture News, December 13, 1919)


(These "Way Back When" Wednesday posts are excerpts from the newly released book "Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1919." Available at and Santa Barbara bookstores.)

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