[ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING A JOURNEY BY RAIL FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO THE GRAND CANYON]
1910·[Various places in California and Arizona]
by [California Photographica]
[Various places in California and Arizona], 1910. Twenty-two leaves containing 171 silver gelatin photographs, each 3 x 4 inches. Oblong quarto. Original black pebbled leather, cover gilt. Front hinge cracked, spine loosening, edges worn. Images clean, with varying degrees of sharpness. Some light silver mirroring to some images. Very good. A vernacular photograph album documenting a journey from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon by way of Santa Barbara and Death Valley. The first five images show the Grand Canyon before resuming chronological sequence. Images of San Francisco include several shots of the Sing Chong Chinese Bazaar, as well as a nice photo of Golden Gate Park and its windmills. The next series shows a looming mountain peak and railroad tracks - likely en route to Santa Barbara, the next distinctive location in the album. There is a nice photo of the train rounding a bend in the tracks - obviously taken while hanging out the window of a rear car. Scenes along the route include what may be a logging camp and rural and small town scenes along the Pacific Coast that echo a drive down today's Coastal Highway. Numerous images are then devoted to Santa Barbara, particularly the mission there. One photo shows a friar standing along a colonnade, staring pensively into the distance. Several images that follow show carts pulled by horses or oxen. One wagon, piled high with lumber, is pulled by four teams of oxen while a Mexican-American man trudges beside it. There are shots of the big redwood trees and an image of oil derricks. The group stopped next at Mission San Gabriel, photographing its famous bells. The next stop is at an estate - possibly that of Henry E. Huntington, which was designed in 1911 and built over the next few years. There are two images of what appears to be the Barstow train station. On the same page is a photograph of a wagon that says "From Death Valley" on its side, and an intriguing image of several Mexican- Americans - several men stand next to a structure on the far side of the train tracks, while three women in the foreground, one carrying a basket on her head, walk toward the men. The series closes with a handful of images of Hopi houses in Arizona, followed by photographs of the Grand Canyon. In all, a charming and interesting vernacular album of Southern California.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51697)
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