Re: Playland-Not-At-The-Beach liquidation auction

09/07/18 - posted by John Martini

Oh boy, we better not get started talking about "Laffing Sal." There are at least three Sals in the greater Bay Area, all touted as THE Sal from Playland ... and none of which exactly match historic photos taken of her at the Fun House.

As it turns out, dozens of Sals were constructed for boardwalks, amusement parks, and fairs across the country.

Wikipedia has a good history of Laffing Sals at

Here's what Wikipedia says about the fate of Playland's Sal: "Playland at the Beach in San Francisco. Closed in 1972 and Laffing Sal's head and hat were stolen. J Ets Hotkins [developer of Playland site] commissioned a new head be created by local artists. One [Sal] was purchased at auction in 1972 by Musée Mécanique, and the original Sal, without her original head and hat, was also sold in 1972, but had a succession of owners and was eventually purchased by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk from auction in 2004."

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