This small collection contains post cards with special day stamps, place stamps, and opening & closing day stamps collected
by Preston Sawyer.
Preston Sawyer, collector, proofreader and historical writer, was born in Santa Cruz on December 6, 1899. He was a life-long
bachelor who lived with his brother Ariel, also a bachelor, who ran the Sawyer Tile Company. As a youth, Preston Sawyer worked
as a movie extra in the very early movie industry located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A prolific amateur photographer, he
snapped hundreds of pictures of the movie stars and the sets while waiting for work. In addition to taking his own, including,
for example, a series of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, taken from a 16 year old's point
of view, he also collected pictures covering early Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas.
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their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.