Snow in Pomona, 1932


It’s supposed to be 105 or so today — at a certain point, does it really matter? — making this the perfect time to post this cool, refreshing photo of an (ahhhh) snowfall.

It’s from 1932 Pomona, looking west on East Holt. Note the Crystal Cafeteria sign, not to mention all the little snowmen. Concentrate on the photo and try to lower your body temperature.

Thanks to Betty Peters for the photo. I hope she’s chillin’.

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  • dwain kaiser

    Great photo, I feel cooler already.

    Dwain Kaiser
    Magic Door IV
    Quality Used Books
    In the Heart of the Arts Colony

    [Feel free to check it again at, say, high noon and 2 p.m.! — DA]

  • From a pamphlet printed in 1903 titled “Pomona California”:

    “The trade-wind from the coast, flowing up the slope, reaches Pomona, thirty miles from the coast, just before it goes over the range and plunges down thousands of feet into the desert. It begins at about 9 a.m. in the warmer months — a steady, cooling breeze that makes this region perhaps as delightful in summer as in winter — and ceases toward the close of the afternoon.”

    I’m sure that cooling breeze will kick in anytime now.

    [Yes, and it will be “delightful.” — DA]

  • I love this photo!

    Reminds of when George Bailey was running through Bedford Falls in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Is Christmas on my mind already?

  • MV

    Snow and ice at the Crystal Cafeteria. Wow! Pomona was a “Winter Wonderland”!

    [Your logic is crystal clear, M. — DA]

  • Fred Henderson

    Hi Dave: After seeing the old picture of The Crystal Cafeteria, I got to wondering about its demise, or is it still open? I have eaten there several times many moons ago and always found the food to be quite good.

    103 today? I think we hit 72, with a nice breeze. My apologies to you and your readers. I couldn’t pass it up.

    Fred Henderson
    Everett, WA

    [72? After seeing the snow photo, you must’ve had to put on a sweater. As for Crystal Cafeteria, it’s long gone, although the building remains. — DA]

  • Linda Frost

    I’m ready for snow and winter. At least we can enjoy the cool vicariously. Think cool thoughts. It is also a reminder of the Crystal Cafeteria and the demise of this longtime icon.

  • Tad Decker

    What a great shot! Did anyone notice, in the background, the old bell tower of the Presbyterian church at Holt and Gibbs? That is another landmark whose absence is really felt.

    [I’d wondered what church that was! Thanks, Tad. — DA]

  • Ren

    I sure did the day it burnt down was a great loss it went up like a match stick, I was just standing there and I couldn’t believe in what I was seeing.

  • Lorna

    The Crystal closed in the mid 80’s as I recall. We used to eat there almost every day 84-85. Mrs. Denny, the owner, was tired and just could not do it anymore. She lived there for a few years then sold the property.

    The ribs were the best! All her food was good ole’ fashioned homecooked goodness!

  • Jon Adams

    My grandmother worked there in the 1960’s and 70’s…

    • Denise Adams

      Your mother worked there, too.