California Camera Company daybook

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Descriptive Summary

Title: California Camera Company daybook
Dates: 1896-1897
Collection Number: SFH 481
Creator/Collector: California Camera Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
Extent: 1 volume
Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
San Francisco, California 94102
Abstract: Daybook of sales of cameras, chemicals, photographic prints, negatives and equipment
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

California Camera Company daybook. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift, 2018-1.

Biography/Administrative History

Born in Milwaukee, Nelson C. Hawks entered the printing trade at sixteen. He was hired by Marder-Luse & Co., type founders, and came to San Francisco, where he would establish the Pacific Type Foundry in 1873. Hawks is most notable for proposing the point system of type sizing to Marder in 1877, a system that became widely adopted by type founders throughout the United States and England. He later was owner and operator of California Camera Company at 124 Geary St., San Francisco, which opened about July 1896. By 1905, the Company had moved to Alameda, where Hawks resided.

Scope and Content of Collection

This daybook, titled Orders on cover, documents sales to customers throughout California from a San Francisco business, dating Sept. 7, 1896 through Sept. 30, 1897. Notable customers include photographer Arnold Genthe, local architect Henry Kenitzer, and surgeons Henry D’Arcy Power, Emmet Rixford, and John W. Baker. A January 1897 store inventory is found in the middle of the chronological arrangement. The book ends with printed lists of customers and addresses in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and San Francisco.

Indexing Terms

Photography—Equipment and supplies.
Photographic apparatus & supplies—California—San Francisco.
Photographers—California—San Francisco—1890-1900.
Hawks, Nelson C., 1840-1929 – Archives.