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PLAYA DEL REY: View of the Playa Del Rey Pavilion and Del Rey Hotel from the Lagoon, 1902.

A boater on Ballona Lake, circa 1903, before it became Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles

Palisades del Ray Jul 19, 1925 Description A panoramic view of the Palisades del Rey development by Dickinson & Gillespie, in Los Angeles. The photograph, taken from a tower, shows the relatively undeveloped Palisades, with houses under construction and teams of donkeys grading the land, in the foreground, with Marina del Rey in the distance on the right.

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.

Aerial view of the Ballona Lagoon wetlands shortly before they were transformed into Marina Del Rey. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

Portuguese Bend and Palos Verdes Coast Highway, Rancho Palos Verdes. by Palos Verdes Local History, via Flickr