April 22, 2016
2480 UNITED STATES (California) - Redondo Beach
Located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area, Redondo Beach is one of the three Beach Cities which lie on the south end of the Santa Monica Bay west and south of downtown Los Angeles, north of the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. The city's territory has an unusual shape including an area along the beach (South Redondo Beach) and another strip inland from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach (North Redondo Beach).
Redondo Beach has a distinct division between the north and south sections of the city with 190th, Anita, and Herondo streets forming its east-west boundary line. South Redondo is along the beachfront with the pier and marina/harbor complex. That district was once focused on fishing and canning when the pier was used to transport fish-based foodstuffs and canned fish to American and Asian consumers, but that industry had an economic downfall in the 1970s and 1980s.
North Redondo, north of 190th Street, is an inland community separated from the beachfront by Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. The Marina, Harbor and Pier complexes are large, planned centers of activity that host Korean seafood restaurants, touristy bars, smaller shops and a games arcade. In nowadays, the primary attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach, popular with tourists and a variety of sports enthusiasts.
About the stamps
About the first stamp, depicting the Purple Heart Medal, I wrote here. The second is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here.
Redondo Beach, California - Wikipedia
Sender: Dragoş Vârtejanu
Sent from Santa Ana (California / United States), on 12.04.2016
Photo: Wm. G. Hartshorn