[Mainly California, but also Texas, Mexico, and other locations in the American Southwest: ca. 1905]. Forty-eight leaves, illustrated with 188 images, all around 3 x 4 inches, including a handful of cyanotypes, with the first fifty-two images captioned in white ink on the album leaves. Oblong quarto. Contemporary illustrated limp suede, string tied. Small burn stain on front cover, also affecting one photograph on first text leaf, minor edge wear and soiling. Images clear and bright with excellent contrast. Very good. Item #3346
An outstanding collection of vernacular images documenting numerous locations in the American Southwest, capturing several unique images of Native Americans. The annotated images begin with a few street scenes of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico before proceeding to various locations in California such as Redlands, Riverside, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach, and San Diego. These pictures feature mostly architectural subjects in California, such as Casa Loma, Glenwood Inn, the Riverside Carnegie Library, Hotel Green, and the Santa Barbara Mission, along with orange groves, named ostriches, rose and lily fields, and more.
The un-captioned images are among the most notable in the album, and include numerous more rural scenes in the American Southwest. These images largely emanate from more canyon and desert-like locations, likely in Arizona, picturing cactus-pocked landscapes, horse-drawn carriages, wooden buildings in desolate settings, several pictures of men, women, and children on horseback, rock outcroppings, ranching scenes, desert picnics, and more. Among these images are five featuring indigenous peoples, most likely northern Mexican or Arizona women or Native Americans. A few images are captioned in the negative, capturing the Arizona state capitol building during the February 1905 flood and other buildings in Redlands. Among the latter images are a couple of small panoramas that seem to also show locations in California.