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Collected photographs and postcards of Los Angeles, California and vicinity, circa 1857-1940

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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Collected Photographs and Postcards of Los Angeles and Vicinity, 1857-1940
Series II. Postcards
This series primarily consists of a set of 17 non-photographic postcards measuring 3 x 4.5 inches, printed in sepia on vanilla cardstock, collected by J. Paul Getty in a scrapbook entitled "Los Angeles and Vicinity." The postcards were published in 1885 by Wittemann Bros. of New York. The postcards portray typical images of early California, including Los Angeles area streets, beaches, harbors, native vegetation, a vineyard, and a few missions. The first card is twice the size of the others and depicts a broad view of the city of Los Angeles, including Central High School and the Court House. Also included in this series is the embossed cover of the original scrapbook in which the set of California postcards were collected and one unrelated color photogravure of the Cháteau de Pierrefonds, France.
Arrangement note
The original order of the postcards has been retained.
Box Folder
1986.IA.29-03 1 Scrapbook cover: "Los Angeles and Vicinity," undated
1986.IA.29-03 2 California postcards, 1885 (16 postcards, 3 x 4.5 inches and 1 postcard, 3 x 9 inches)
1986.IA.29-03 3 Château de Pierrefonds postcard, undated (1 color photogravure, 10.5 x 5.25 inches)


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