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California Photo Albums (3)

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California Photo Albums (3)
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Three spectacular and very historic original photo albums, highly annotated in the author’s handwriting, dating from 1906 to 1923, and taken on trips throughout Northern California. Virtually hundreds of high-definition black-and-white photographs with annotations accompanying each photograph. Photographs of the first album are mounted on heavy black paper bound in a soft red, suede-like cover, approximately 10.5 inches wide and 7 inches tall. Each photo is annotated on the black pages in ornate cursive with silver/white ink. The photos appear to begin in 1906 immediately following the San Francisco earthquake and fire and include more than a dozen tiny towns throughout Northern California such as Gualala, Greenwood, Westport, Rockport, De Haven, Usal, Dyerville, Garberville, Colima, Asti, Hartland, and many areas of Sonoma County, which was noted as, “Sonoma County the land of grapes.” One key set of shots is at the business of E. C. Atkins and Company in San Francisco, where workers are attempting to open a safe which survived the complete collapse of a stone building. Also covered in this album are lumberyards, lumber mills, and steamships. The second volume is approximately 11 inches wide and 7 inches tall with a black cover and heavy black paper pages annotated in similar fashion but in longer paragraphs. It documents several summertime road trips from 1917 to 1920. These trips covered the Trinity River region, Donner Summit, Truckee, Reno and Tahoe area, Portland to Vancouver, the Shasta region, and a little bit in southern California at San Diego and Bakersfield, the Klamath River and Grants Pass region, as well as Shasta and Yosemite.The third volume is approximately 11.75 inches wide and 7.25 inches tall with a black-brown leatherette-style cover and heavy black paper pages annotated like the other two albums. This one chronicles one trip in 1922 and another in 1923 and marks a departure in style from the first two volumes. Here the author, C. W. Seffens, also the photographer for all three volumes, places a 41-page typescript in the album describing the Donner tragedy using material from a book written by a Donner survivor. Though the members of the group are mentioned, the direct tie to one of the Donner party is not made clear in the album. A second typescript in the back of the album describes the trip of 1923 in a 30-page insert complete with photographs. This third album covers Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, Placerville. Mono Lake, Lee Vining, Tioga, Yosemite, and so forth. The 1923 trip focuses on the Trinity River and the Red Bluff region before returning to Sierraville, Truckee, and Donner again.This spectacular three-album set by Mrs. C. W. Seffens is a remarkable photographic and written record of numerous small towns throughout Northern California as they were in the first half of the 20th century. It is certainly one of the finest photographic records this company has ever seen. City: State: California Date: 1917-1923 HWAC# 80233