This collection contains photographs by commercial photographers dated ca. 1890-1910, illustrating recreation and scenery
on Catalina Island, a hotel and public parks in Southern California, and various historical sites and street scenes in Mexico
City. Many of the photographs include tourists and local residents, such as bathers on Catalina Island, and people in parks
Charles Betts Waite was born December 19, 1861 in Auburn Township, Ohio. He first delved into photography when he was in his
late twenties, working as a view photographer for Burdick and Company in Los Angeles. Over time, Waite became known for his
work as a landscape photographer with his own studio.
After marrying at the age of thirty-five, Waite moved to Mexico City and established a photography studio there, specializing
in views of the city. He became associated with the Sonora News Company and contracted with them to take photographs of Mexico’s
indigenous people and more out-of-the-way areas for travel magazines and books, and tourist postal cards.
Waite lived in Mexico for almost 27 years before returning to Los Angeles in 1923. He died there on March 22, 1927.
114 photographs in 1 box; prints 20.5 x 12.5 cm. (8 x 5 in.). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
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