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Photograph album of Edith M. Wood of Long Beach, containing snapshots of California, 1909-1920
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photograph album of Edith M. Wood of Long Beach, containing snapshots of California
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1920
    Collection number: 94/161
    Creator: Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918.
    Physical Description: 1 album (363 photographic prints) : b&w, 26 x 34 cm (album)

    Photographs are mounted on first 48 of 50 leaves of stiff black paper, with two photos mounted on back pastedown; some scattered captions, and two poems added in white ink, probably by album owner Edith Wood; two photographs laid in, in mylar sleeve.

    Bound in dark brown cloth covers, tied with black silk cord threaded through two grommets along left edge; gold-stamped cover title "Photographs."

    Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth-covered clamshell box.
    Abstract: Family snapshot album documenting people, places, pets, cars, and events in the life of Edith M. Wood, of 125 Cedar Ave., Long Beach, California, between ca. 1909 to ca. 1918. Probable range of dates from scattered dates supplied in album captions.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dr. Richard Lingenfelter, 1977.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Photograph album of Edith M. Wood of Long Beach, containing snapshots of California (Collection 94/161). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233582 

    Scope and Content

    The album records family travel and vacations, and includes several shots of family members at the [Long Beach?] train station, with luggage; on deck aboard the steamship "The President, with fellow passenger "Mr. Macomber of Pasadena, Cal.", identified as A. Kingsley Macomber (1874-1955), founding owner and first president of the Los Angeles Trust Company, and developer, with Henry Huntington and William R. Staats, of the Oak Knolls subdivision between Pasadena and San Marino; and a view from the ship of Dead Man's Island, near San Pedro, Calif. Other travel and vacation photographs include views of friends and family members in Oakland, Sacramento (Nov. 1915), Big Bear Lake, Mt. Lowe (June 6, 1915), Camp Rincon in Azusa (Summer 1916), San Diego and San Diego Fair Grounds (Sept. 1916), Forest Home (July 4, 1916), and Oak Wilde Camp in the San Gabriel Mts., at the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Dark Canyon. Many of the snapshots record the Wood family's time at the beach and amusement pier in Long Beach, and include views of the famous Cyclone Racer roller coaster on the pier, the Bath House, and family and friends wearing typical beach dresses and bathing costumes. They also pose often at their home--both in exterior and interior shots--often with parents, and children. The Wood family obviously cherished their pets--mostly small terriers, but also cats and squirrels--as well as their cars, one of which is an early Elmore model, probably from 1909. There is one photo of a summer home in Ft. Point, Maine, belonging to C.L. Webster. Other names of friends and acquaintances appearing in the album include Eugene Barton, Charley Stearns, June Bennett, H.C. Brown (possibly Herbert Cutler Brown, married at that time to Zoe Elsie Lowe, daughter of Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, both of whom pose at the Alpine Tavern on Mt. Lowe), Los Angeles businessman Charles R. Hadley (whose Wilshire Blvd. home is photographed); and J.E. Shrewsberry, Fire Chief of Long Beach, who was killed in a car crash on May 2, 1916. Several photographs show close-ups of the wrecked automobile in which Chief Shrewsberry died. Also included are 17 photographs from Sept.-Oct. 1918, during World War I, documenting service of Edith Wood and her girl friends as "farmerettes" in the Woman's Land Army of America in Upland, Calif., where they took over harvesting of citrus crops after the men had been called to war. Sixteen snapshots show Edith and friends in WLA uniforms, picking fruit in the orchards, perched in the branches of orange trees, on ladders, and in farm wagons. There is also a shot of a group of young people atop an early rhomboid-shaped tank at the 4th Liberty Loan Drive in Oct. 1918, organized to raise money to support the war efforts.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918 --Photographs.
    Wood family --Photographs.
    Macomber, A. Kingsley --Photographs.
    Hadley, Charles R. --Homes and haunts --Photographs.
    President (Ship: 1909)
    Women's Land Army of America --Photographs.
    World War, 1914-1918 --California --Photographs.
    Beaches --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Roller coasters --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Steamboats --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Architecture, Domestic --California --Photographs.
    Log cabins --California --Photographs.
    Vacation homes --Maine.
    Antique and classic cars --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Tanks (Military science) --Photographs.
    Traffic accidents --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Piers --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Dams --California --Photographs.
    Pets --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
    Women in agriculture --California --Photographs.
    Citrus fruit industry --California --Upland --Photographs.
    Long Beach (Calif.) --Photographs.
    Big Bear Lake (Calif.) --Photographs.
    Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County, Calif.) --Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.) --Photographs.
    San Diego (Calif.) --Photographs.
    Sacramento (Calif.) --Photographs.
    Upland (Calif.) --Photographs.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints.
    Photograph albums.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918, former owner.
    Lingenfelter, Richard E., former owner.

    Related Material

    Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94)   in UCLA Library Special Collections.