Seaside History

Supersize Me!

December 19, 2012 | by Nate Burke

Seaside has always been known for its abundance of sweets and candy shops. When you’re a kid, as we all know, a treat was a special thing and was a bit more difficult to get your hands on in the early 1900s. This little feller pictured here likely coughed up a whole dime for a bag of hot, buttery popcorn. By the late 1920s, the hi-tech world of popcorn mechanics had undergone a booming renaissance and allowed for poppers to be safely installed in movie theaters and small mobile stands like the one pictured here.

During World War II, sugar rationing was in full effect and caused popcorn to become Seaside’s (and the nation’s) go-to replacement for candy and sweet treats. At this time, popcorn consumption skyrocketed to three times the pre-war rate.

The stand pictured here (circa early 1900s) was owned by Jay and Charlotte Bangs and then later operated by their daughter-in-law. Much like present day ice-cream trucks, the mobile stand would cruise all over town and was known to park at the top of Broadway next to the beach. Ignoring the delicious aromas drifting from the stand was probably darn near impossible, and I can imagine this young whippersnapper followed his nose and found himself smack dab in the middle of this mouth-watering transaction.

and so much more!

Barefoot beachcombing: a Treat for Your Feet

Historical photo of children doing some barefoot beach combing.

Learn More
Making Seaside Beautiful: Gardens

Seeking help on starting a garden plot sent me in search of Pam Fleming, whose reputation as a resource on Seaside’s Gardens was a bit understated as I was to discover. I met her at the Grand Opening of Back Alley Gardens (find by walking through Natural Nook Florists 734 Broadway).

Learn More
Mushroom foraging near Seaside.
Mushroom Foraging Near Seaside

Oregon’s North Coast is a popular spot for treasure hunters. While some people might look for pirate treasure though, the on...

Learn More
I’ll See You at the Nat

A brief look at Seaside history of Natatoriums

Learn More
The Quieter Side of Seaside

Seaside without the bustle of Broadway Street? If that sounds more like your speed, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to...

Learn More
Destinations Magazine: Great Escapes

Vacations are the “great escapes we need,” says Destinations magazine, “to relax, recharge and rejuvenate oursel...

Learn More
Seaside Art Scene

Seaside is well-known for its scenic coastline, color-drenched sunsets and abundant natural beauty, but this coastal town has an a...

Learn More
A Stop on the Art Walk

Capturing what goes on behind the scenes of a First Saturday Art Walk

Learn More
Roaming the Sand for Treasures

The beach is often filled with unique finds, especially after a storm.

Learn More
A Weekend of Discoveries

Last weekend I went to the Pouring at the Coast Event with my boyfriend, and had the best time! We were given souvenir glasses to use during the event (and they had rinse stations to keep your glass clean between tastings). We tried craft beers from every brewery, and I discovered I really enjoy the dark beers

Learn More
The Iron Horse Comes to Town

A look at the train that connected Seaside to Portland in 1898

Learn More
A Smashing Good Time

The vintage bumper cars are a seaside tradition and we check out their 2013 opening weekend,

Learn More
My First Trip to Seaside

Recalling a memorable first trip to Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Buffleheads: Oregon Coast’s Silliest Part-Time Residents

Buffleheads in Seaside, Oregon rivers in winter.

Learn More
Children feed the Harbor Seals at the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon.
How to Seaside Inside

Don’t get us wrong: Plenty of beach lovers come to Seaside in the cooler, drizzlier months to enjoy the great outdoors. That’s...

Learn More
Read These Oregon Coast Page-Turners

A good book and the beach — there may be no better combination. Opened in 2005, Beach Books is a local institution where you ca...

Learn More
Views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse are well within your reach thanks to the adventure of the Tillamook Head Trail just south of Seaside.
How to Get Epic Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Views

Your quest to see Tillamook Rock begins on the south side of Seaside at the end of Sunset Boulevard.

Learn More
Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls around Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More