A complete set in 12 volumes of the series with 24-pp. overview text on the history of California by Chapin, with 2 pages of the text in each of the 12 volumes, and over 100 photogravure prints of views from around southern California at the turn of the century, including landscape, architectural, and street views from Los Angeles, San Diego, Mount Lowe, Santa Barbara, Antelope Valley, Santa Monica, La Jolla, Redlands, Riverside, and Pasadena. Small folio. Orig. textured wrpps. San Francisco/Chicago (California Photogravure Co.) 1900. The time around the turn of the century was a vital time in the history of southern California. In the 1870s, the population of Los Angeles was only about 5,000, but by 1900 it had ballooned to over 100,000. The Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroad lines helped with town growth, as did the discovery of oil in 1892 near present-day Dodger Stadium. These volumes present a sort of historical time capsule, capturing an important moment in an area that was undergoing incredible changes. (Inventory #: 48500)
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