These lantern slides depict urban, agricultural, and nature scenes of California in the 1870s. The slides acted as a visual
accompaniment to Charles Victor Hall’s traveling lecture promoting California’s resources and benefits, aiming to encourage
New Englanders and Europeans to relocate to California. This collection is significant in its images of Native Americans
in California, mainly in the Yosemite area, and views of prospecting and mining.
Charles Victor Hall was born in 1854 in San Francisco, California, but grew up in Los Angeles. He was a precocious student,
giving the Valedictory at Los Angeles Grammar School on Nov. 25, 1869. As a young man, he wrote poems and articles for local
newspapers. From 1876 to 1880, he edited and published his own “Hall’s Land Journal,” promoting the agriculture and resources
of Southern California. Around this time, Hall created a lantern slide lecture about California and its climate, agriculture,
trade, and industry; he traveled to the Eastern United States and Europe with the aim that his lecture would persuade people
to immigrate to California, bringing with them their families and businesses. Hall later worked as a real estate agent in
Los Angeles before trying his hand in the oil industry. After successfully drilling a number of oil wells at Olinda Ranch
in Brea, California, Hall retired to his ranch at Buena, California in 1912 and passed away in 1933. [NOTE ON SOURCES: typescript
dictation of Charles Victor Hall from "Miscellaneous California Dictations, ca. 1887-1889," at the Bancroft Library, U. C.
Berkeley (BANC MSS CD 810:171); and Hall's Scrapbooks at the Huntington Library -- see citation below. Some sources cite his
birth year as 1854 and others, including the transcript of his reminiscences, say 1852.]
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