A collection of glass plate and film negatives by amateur photographer and Los Angeles real estate broker George P. Thresher
(1854-1927) focusing on the American Southwest and Native Americans of the region,
particularly of Arizona, and the Gila River crossing area, from ca. 1898 to 1910. Tribes depicted include Yuma, Apache, Navajo,
Maricopa, Pima, and Papago (Tohono O’Odham). There are views of native peoples in their daily lives, as
well as posing in studio portraits. There are also landscape and town views, including Phoenix, Arizona, Santa Fe, New Mexico,
missions at San Antonio, Texas, and the Salt Lake Temple in Utah.
George P. Thresher was born on September 11, 1854, in Massachusetts and immigrated to California in 1895. Described variously
as an amateur photographer and
real estate developer, he lived in Los Angeles until his death in 1927 at the age of seventy-two. Between 1904 and 1926, Thresher
appears in the Los Angeles business directories, often listed as a real estate broker
with office addresses on either the 200 or 300 block of Broadway. At various points in his career, he served as the Director
of the Artesian Company of Los Angeles and the Vice President of the Los Angeles Building Company.
He married Florence Evans Stone in 1878 and they had three daughters together. From 1905 until his death, he resided at 37
Westmoreland Place in Los Angeles.
408 photographs in 8 boxes : 83 glass plate negatives and 129 film negatives in 7 boxes; 8 lantern slides and 188 copy prints
made from the original negatives in 1 box.
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