The Redondo Beach Whale

The Redondo Beach Whale Los Angeles California


Stock #: 466587
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
City: Los Angeles
State: California (CA)
County: Los Angeles
Postmark: Jul-25
PM City: Los Angeles
PM State: CA
Stamp: 1c
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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Entered by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce in the Midsummer Floral and Allegorical Festival, Elk's Grand Lodge Reunion, Los Angeles, July 16, 1909. A life-size reproduction of an antlered whale (spermus elkus grandlodgicus). The species is extremely rare and is noted for its large branching horns, purple hide and white fins and tail. The cetacean is 41 feet long by 12 feet in diameter and weighs over three tons. The mouth is 8 feet long, the fins 6 feet, the horns 19 feet, and the tail measures 11 feet from tip to tip. The hide is covered with 20,000 purple scales, the roof of the mouth is lined with white and purple pampas plumes, while the fins and tail are adorned with more than 10,000 roses and carnations, for which Redondo Beach has long been famous. The blow hole is located in the top of the head, and emits a spray of carnation perfume at each breath of the leviathan. The size, beauty and unique character of the Redondo Beach Whale are symbolical of the beauties and attractions of the premier beach resort of Los Angeles.
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