Los Angeles: [ca. 1920]. Two panoramic silver gelatin photographs, 6.5 x 34 inches and 8 x 37 inches, respectively, both on contemporary cards mounts, one mount blindstamped Putnam & Valentine of Los Angeles. Heavy chipping to mats. Slight silvering to smaller photograph, but overall in very nice shape. Very good. Item #2446
A pair of well-produced panoramic photographs showing the commercial activity and potential of the Long Beach shipyards. One is taken from a railroad watchtower, and the other from the roof of one of the railroad depots. The images show slightly different views of the Long Beach port, with numerous buildings, vehicles, cranes, in-process structures, construction and railroad materials, and more. The Port of Long Beach opened in 1911 and shortly became one of the most important causeways for the trans-Pacific trade, especially for products imported from Asia. It continues to be an economic force for the state of California, as over $180 billion worth of material moves through the Long Beach shipyards each year. The port also contributes to environmental stewardship through its Green Port Policy, including environmental covenants, vessel speed controls, and air quality standards. An informative pair of panoramas from the early years of this important southern California port.