This collection of William H. Fletcher card (cartes-de-visite) photographs focus mainly on Los Angeles during a period of
industrial expansion and population growth, with special attention on Los Angeles Street (which passes through Downtown Los
Angeles) and what is now the Historic Core and Civic Center districts. There are also town and nature views of Pasadena, Santa
Monica, Ventura, Redondo Beach, and Burbank. Images of Missions San Fernando Rey, San Luis Rey, and San Juan Capistrano are
William H. Fletcher was born in Hollis, New Hampshire in 1838 before his family moved to Lyndon, Vermont that same year. He
learnt photography while working in the pharmaceutical and jewelry industries. Fletcher moved to Los Angles in 1885, thinking
to establish himself as a druggist; however, an overabundance of pharmacies obliged him to turn to photography.
Fletcher went into commercial photography but did not establish a formal studio or gallery of his own. The subjects of his
photographs focused on Los Angeles just when it began to expand with immigrants and new businesses. He also traveled through
the areas surrounding Los Angeles, photographing scenes from San Pedro, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, and Ventura,
aiming to tempt New Englanders to vacation out west. Many of Fletcher’s photographs were sold as card photographs to curio
dealers to sell to tourists.
Sometime after 1900, Fletcher retired from professional photography and went into the oil business; he died in 1922.
25 card photographs; prints 12.5 x 19.5 cm (5 x 7.5 in.)
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