[Various California locations, including Monterey, Long Beach, San Diego, and Santa Catalina Island. ca. 1920s]. Eighty-one panoramic photographs, each approximately 3 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, and eighty- eight smaller photographs, either 6 1/2 x 4 inches or 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Oblong folio. Patterned cloth over paper boards. Binding chipped, spine tender. Photographs generally in very good condition. Item #WRCAM54692
A wonderful collection of unique images from early 20th-century California. The photographs feature the buildings and grounds of the Hotel del Monte in Monterey (including at least one image of the topiary maze), the Hotel Virginia in Long Beach, and the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado across the bay from San Diego, and other landmarks such as the Lone Cypress and the Sunny Jim cave in La Jolla. In addition to the fabulous exteriors of these hotels (even panoramas showing a golf course and a tennis court), the photographs also highlight the interiors, namely the grand ballroom and the large indoor pool inside the Hotel del Coronado. Numerous photographs capture the beauty of elaborate gardens and the majesty of grand seaside California architecture during the period. The album concludes with several shots of an outing by boat to what appears to be Santa Catalina Island. The Hotel del Coronado is still in business, but both the Hotel del Monte and the Hotel Virginia closed long ago. The latter was razed shortly after its closing in 1932, and only its foundation remains. A fantastic album of well-composed images of some grand old California hotels.