Photographs, mainly b/w, of the Genns family and bookstore in Santa Barbara. Most of the photos are undated but the bulk seem
to be latter 1950s to 1978.
Whitney T. Genns, long considered the dean of Santa Barbara's antiquarian book dealers, was born on April 13, 1900 in New
Orleans. The family soon moved to the small town of Closter, New Jersey when his father took a job in New York City. When
the United States entered World War I, Whitney Genns joined the venerable New York 7th Regiment and fought in France. Returning
to New York after the war, he entered the newspaper trade, where he would earn a good living for many years. In the 1930s,
after working in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., he settled in California with his wife Edna. He opened his first bookshop
in San Diego in 1938.
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