The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942

Outfit Details:
Vintage palm leaf print dress: thrifted
Vintage hat: thrifted
Vintage black velvet coat: thrifted
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Can't believe I'm only getting around to posting these photos now! A few weeks ago Grant and I checked out The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 over in San Pedro. In a nutshell, it was amazing!! Probably the coolest and most interesting event I've been to in a long time.

You're probably wondering what it is. Well, the event is a reenactment of "The Battles of Los Angeles". Pretty much right after Pearl Harbor tensions were super high in LA because people thought for sure the city would be attacked next. On the night of February 24, 1942 some sketchy lights in the sky were spotted over San Pedro and Fort Macarthur held it down by firing at whatever what was in the air thereby defending LA. What makes the event so interesting is that it was never confirmed whether or not those lights belonged to Japanese war planes or what. The whole event was dismissed as a "false alarm" which has fueled conspiracy theories ever since. The biggest conspiracy theory of them all being that the lights belonged to UFOs. UFOS!!? Obviously we had to go!

Usually I think historic reenactments are sort of cheesy. Not this one. This event will put all historic reenactment to shame. You walk up to the fort and it feels like you are literally stepping into a portal that takes you straight to 1942. Of the era military vehicles, tents, tanks, munitions--you name it, it's there. All the volunteers are dressed up in period clothing, and I think the event even hires extras to walk around in 1940s costume to add to the ambiance (where can I sign up?). A big band plays through the night and as we were walking up swing dancing lessons were being given to those who wanted to jitterbug the night away. Also, most everyone who went dressed up which also adds to the fun!

Anyway, I don't want to give away too much (the famous battle gets re-enacted at the end of the night, bring ear plugs)  but if you're in the LA/ OC area this is such a cool event to go to! Tickets are $20 if you preorder and so worth it. Totally going again next year.


  1. Ha! This looks brilliant! I have to admit, i associate Historical re-enactments as being a very American thing, there is no where near the same level of this type of thing in Australia (we are a bit weird when it comes to our history) but this doesn't look too intense, but rather quite a bit of fun!

  2. Wow that is so cool! And you look amazing :D I think it's so cool when places go all in like this, really makes it such a better experience

  3. That looks like so much fun! you look stunning in that leaf print dress :)


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