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Photographs of Adobes of Northern and Southern California, ca. 1912-1960 (bulk 1930-1949)
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A disbound album of primarily amateur snapshots of 19th century California adobes taken during the 1930s and 1940s. The album was compiled by Lucius Panfelo “Paul” Soberanes, who may have been documenting the adobes on a family trip. A strong emphasis is given to adobes in Monterey County, especially in downtown Monterey. Many of the adobe structures pictured are houses and hotels, with some views of soldiers’ barracks, a mill, and a winery. Soberanes, his wife, and his children appear posing on the adobe grounds in some of the photographs. The album’s strength is in the documentation of lesser-known adobes, which include not only houses, but also commercial and military buildings such as hotels, soldiers’ barracks in Sonoma, and the Bale Grist Mill in Napa.
278 photographs in 1 album; prints 26 x 32 cm. (10.25 x 12.5 in.) and smaller. See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
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