Los Angeles and Vicinity: 1899. Oblong quarto, green cloth, 11 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches with 98 photographs. Very Good. Item #List805
Frances Coulter, the daughter of a department store magnate in turn-of-the-century Los Angeles, was a socialite who regularly made the society pages of Los Angeles newspapers. The collection of photographs here - preserved in their original oblong green cloth album - give a candid look at upper class California in the 1890s. The bulk of the images show Frances and her friends in varied scenes of society gaiety: dressed formally on the beaches, staging goofy scenes, including a mock proposal, drinking from a water hose, and many scenes involving costumes and umbrellas. Some of the photographs, interestingly, were taken with a Kodak No. 2 camera, which was in production until 1895, producing distinct circular images. Some of the scenes show the beaches of Santa Monica. Overall the collection offers an uncommon look into Los Angeles at the end of the 1890s, when the city had only 100,000 residents. Frances’s father, B.F. Coulter, was a minister from Kentucky, and some of the photographs show the Coulters at home. A very good collection, images with slight fading, album with a slightly musty odor, but overall well preserved.