California, Vintage Images circa 1900 (2018 Calendar)
The antique images in California, Vintage Images circa 1900 reveal the California of more than a century ago. In old California men wore suits on the beach at Catalina, no bridge crossed the Golden Gate, and no buildings lined Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. The pictures in California circa 1900 invite you to see the Golden State during one of its most golden eras.
Published by Tide-mark, the California, Vintage Images circa 1900 2018 wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.50 inches.
Images featured in the 2018 edition include:
The Beach at Avalon
Developer George Shatto purchased Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands, in 1887 and developed the town of Avalon as a tourist destination. Two Banning brothers succeeded Shatto in 1891 and, as this picture shows, brought his efforts to fruition.
Schooner Crossing the Golden Gate
The Golden Gate is technically a strait that connects the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Island appears on the horizon. The first lighthouse on the island was built in 1854, but was apparently not tall enough to appear in this picture.
Rancho Santa Anita
Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin enjoyed immense success as an investor and real estate speculator in California during the second half of the 19th century. Baldwin purchased 8,000 acres of Rancho Santa Anita in 1875 and described it as paradise when he saw it. Today, part of the rancho is home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
Built atop Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara County, the Lick Observatory was constructed between 1876 and 1887 with a bequest from James Lick. The site enjoys a fine viewing environment because light and air pollution are low. The fifth moon of Jupiter was discovered by Lick astronomers in 1892.
This scenic cottage in Pasadena was overgrown with roses.
The widow of banker Edward Hollenbeck and Los Angeles Mayor William Workman donated 21 acres in the Boyle Heights district to establish this park in 1892 to honor Mr. Hollenbeck. The Laurel and Hardy film “Men O’ War” was filmed there in 1929.
A hilly peninsula, Point Loma extends into the Pacific Ocean creating San Diego Bay.
The first Europeans to reach California, led by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, landed at Point Loma in 1542 and gave San Diego Bay its name.
Magnolia Ave, Riverside
Expansive Magnolia Ave. extends through the center of Riverside seen here about twenty years after oranges had created a new gold rush. Orange trees were first planted in Riverside in 1874 when Eliza Tibbets received three as a gift. One of those original trees was transplanted to the intersection of Magnolia and Arlington Avenues in 1903, along with a stone marker honoring Ms. Tibbets.
The View from Smiley’s Heights
Canyon Crest Park in Redlands was the home of brothers Albert and Alfred Smiley. Albert purchased 50 acres there in 1888. Eventually the brothers owned 200 acres and built winter homes on the crest of the hill. Albert donated a library to Redlands in 1889 and donated additional money to expand the building in 1906.
In the late 19th century, Shasta Springs on the Upper Sacramento River grew into a summer resort. Spring House enjoyed the benefits of a natural spring that became the source of water and soft drinks bottled under the Shasta brand. The resort closed in 1950 and was sold to the St. Germain Foundation.
The oldest surviving structure in San Francisco, Mission San Francisco de Asís, commonly known as Mission Dolores, was established by Spanish missionaries in 1776. The adjacent brick church was destroyed during the earthquake of 1906, while the mission building suffered relatively minor damage.
Silver Apron Falls
One of three waterfalls that together comprise The Giant Stairway, Silver Apron is found between Nevada and Vernal Falls on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park.