by John Preston Fraser

This charming memoir by Mendocino native John Preston “Buddy” Fraser brings to life 1940s Mendocino, California before it became the artist colony and tourist destination for which it is well known today. During the 1940s it was a quiet community of unpaved roads and Victorian-era architecture perched on bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Fraser’s reminiscences are accompanied by vintage photographs from the era paired with contemporary color images taken by photographer Jamie Armstrong, offering readers an enjoyable “then and now” view of Mendocino.