Oakland Postcard Series

In 2013, Paintbox Productions moved to the 23rd floor of a building on the shore of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. From there we have a spectacular view of the lake, which is actually a tidal lagoon located in the center of the city. Surrounded by parkland and neighborhoods, the lake features grassy banks and several islands reserved for birds only. It was the nation's first official wildlife refuge when it was established in 1870. The Boating Center provides classes and sailboat, canoe and rowboat rentals. The Lake Merritt Rowing Club welcomes competitors to annual regattas, while the authentic Venetian Gondola Service offers romantic rides at sunset. Children’s Fairlyland, Oakland’s storybook themed amusement park, has delighted visitors since 1950. 

The exquisite light that falls on Lake Merritt creates an ever-changing display that prompts me to take photographs nearly everyday. Reactions to the images are very positive, but the comment I hear most often is, "I had no idea Oakland was so beautiful." I've been a designer and photographer for my most of my life, so it seemed natural to capture these little pieces of Oakland for people to take home. These postcards spread the word that Oakland, and especially Lake Merritt, are truly beautiful places. 

The postcard-sized images also are available as custom prints up to 24" x 36” on archival paper, canvas or aluminum. 

Click on any image to see larger versions and use the arrows to click through. Email me if you're interested in carrying the postcards in your store. Or download the wholesale price list here. All rights reserved © Susan Marie Davis.

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Tribune Building in Pinks

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Moon Over Perfect Blue Oakland

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Cathedral of Light 2016

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Dawn Over Lake Merritt with Scullers 2014

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Sun on the Tribune Building 2016

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Gondola at Twilight 2014

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Fog Wisp Essex Building 02 2014

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Alameda Co. Courthouse in the Rain

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After the Storm 2014

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Lake Chalet and Gondola 2016

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Oakland with Yellow Sky 2014

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Cranes with East Bay Hills 2015

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Oaksterdam University 2016

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Moon Over Transamerica Pyramid 2014

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Gondola on Lake Merritt 2016

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Fox Oakland Sign (close) 2016

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Crane Silhouette 2015

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Fox Oakland Sign (med.) 2016

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Pastel Cranes 2003