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My pictures, taken during several weekend visits, provide only a glimpse of Venice Beach during just one of its many colorful makeovers through the twentieth century. In 1900, the land that had been known as Rancho La Ballona, came to the attention of tobacco millionaire Albert Kinney who saw something that wasn’t there.
He saw Venice, Italy.
By 1905, through his promotion,

water flowed through sixteen miles of canals and a lagoon. Two dozen gondoliers imported from old Venice raised their voices in song as they navigated these new world waterways. With many of its business buildings loosely emulating the architectural style of the Venetian Renaissance, Venice, California had become a complete city.

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