Dressler's Pioneer Place, ca. 1920s

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Dressler's Pioneer Place, ca. 1920s

BANC PIC 1987.041--ALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    October 1996
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Dressler's Pioneer Place,
Date: ca. 1920s
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1987.041--ALB
Extent: 21 photographic prints in 1 album; black and white; 19 x 29 cm. 21 digital objects
Collector: Albert Dressler
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is available for use

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dressler's Pioneer Place, BANC PIC 1987.041--ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Related Collections

Title: Views of Dressler's Pioneer Place and Other California Scenes.
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1992.019--PIC

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1987


Albert Dressler was a writer and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the publications to his credit are Ernest Narjot: California's Pioneer Artist, California's Pioneer Circus, California's Pioneer Mountaineer, Emperor Norton of the United States, California Chinese Chatter, California's Pioneer Mountaineer of Rabbit Creek, and others. He also operated the Merry Way Publishing Company in San Francisco.

Scope and Content

The Dressler's Pioneer Place album contains 21 black and white photographs dating from the 1920s. One photograph is dated September, 1929. Dressler's Pioneer Place was a business and apparent historical museum located at 2282 Fulton Street, Berkeley, California. The Place seems to have been an antique or curio shop, or a venue for humorous historical reenactments. Views of people in historical costume, sets, Albert Dressler, and the store front are shown. The album also contains "My Thirteen Demandments," a printed list of humorous business ethics. The album's photographer is unknown.

Container Listing


:1a My Thirteen Demandments [plaque by Albert Dressler]


:1 Sir Albert Dressler, (with wheels too many)


:2 Main Entrance Pioneer Place and Cellarville, Berkeley, California


:3 Office and Keeper, Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:4 Queen of Hearts and Two Jacks, at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:5 When hearts beat like one, Reception Room, la-exquiz-it at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:6 Newlyweds, Church of Celarville at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:7 Bridal and Groom Room at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:8 June and August Banquet Room at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:9 Pawn Shop, Cellarville at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:10 Wells Fargo & Co., Cellarville at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:11 Joss House & Hop Den, Chinatown, Cellarville at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:12 Saloon, Cellarville at Pioneer Place, Berkeley, California


:13 She's the Lady Who Wired Me Money


:14 [Lady Janet and Albert Dressler]


:15 Lady Janet - Me - Mother


:16 [Man in front of Pioneer Place]


:17 [Man pretending to shoot toy cats]


:18 [Man and woman in front of Pioneer Place]


:19 [Dressler and others in costume in front of Pioneer Place]


:20 Come See Me! Albert Dressler


:21 Cellarville Gang, September 28, 1929, "Pioneer Place" - Berkeley, California