Album belonging to Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes of Los Angeles, containing 87 black & white photographs documenting the early history
and development of the city of Los Angeles.
California historian, author, and civic leader. Mrs. Armitage S.C. Forbes (1861-1951), born Harrie Rebecca Piper Smith, was
a major leader in the preservation of California historical sites in the 1930s, namely the Campo de Cahuenga site. She was
instrumental in identifying the historic road linking the 21 California missions, and determining its name--El Camino Real--and
also designed and cast in her own foundry the first bells used to mark the historic highway; she was known as the "Bell Lady,"
and "America's First Woman Bell Maker." Her books include California Missions and Landmarks: El Camino Real (1903), and Mission
Tales in the Days of the Dons (1909).
1 album (87 photographic prints) : b&w, albumen ; 21 x 30 cm (album)
Photographs (20 x 26 cm) are canvas-backed; photographed captions along lower edge of photo, usually with date; most include
photographer's name, "Graham Photo Co" and stock number; verso of each photograph numbered in ms. and signed "Forbes", with
one photo signed "Wills & Forbes."
Bound in black grained leather album, secured with two large screw fasteners; owner's name and address gold-stamped on front
cover: "Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes, 335 W. 31 St., Los Angeles"; manufacturer's label of Piltzer Mfg. Co. of Los Angeles on inside
back cover; illustrated bookplate of Mrs. Forbes on inside front cover, signed by her.
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige clamshell box, with spine title "Los Angeles Photographs."
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