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The newly acquired Ernest Marquez Collection of photographs records Santa Monica’s transformation from rustic hamlet to international symbol of the California good life, with prints from the 1870s to the 1950s.  In the mid-1870s, the Southern Pacific Railroad was on the brink of connecting upstart Los Angeles to the rest of the nation and the new township of Santa Monica welcomed city dwellers to its beachside tent cities.

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