Scope and Content
Title: Santa Barbara, California photographs: California Floral Festival Parade
Identifier/Call Number: SC 1152
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
0.02 linear feet
Abstract: Group of six cabinet card photographs of the Santa Barbara California Floral Festival Parade, Santa Barbara California, 1891.
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[Identification of Item], Santa Barbara California photographs: California Floral Festival Parade, SC 1152. Department of
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Library purchase, 2014.
Scope and Content
Group of six cabinet card photographs of the Santa Barbara California Floral Festival Parade, Santa Barbara California, 1891.
Images include: image of a 'saint' in a flowered bower being towed down the dirt street, crowd on both sides viewing, also
in middle ground is a line of mounted horsemen in white; tall posts line the parade route and just visible is a small oval
sign with "Santa Barbara Floral Festival '89"; a scene in front of viewing stand with gaily caparisoned 'armored knight' on
horse bedecked with flowers, other skilled horseman galloping by, bass drum player marching in the opposite direction, rapt
viewers in the stands, very well-dressed; an image roughly in front of the same area, with cowboy heading a float with passengers,
towed by two large oxen, all suitably flowered; another float being pulled by a team of horses that appears to carry a flowered
version of the California bear mascot, all done in mossy branches and flower-decked; a small two-wheeled 'float' of chariot
shape, being towed by what appears to be a goat and man in white and apparently of great amusement to the crowd, which contains
a photographer with box camera in front, the road strewn with flowers; and a view of what appears to be the bell tower of
the Mission San Gabriel in Los Angeles. Research indicates that then-President Benjamin Harrison was in attendance at this
flower festival in Santa Barbara and may indeed be visible in the stands - more information on his visit and a description
of the parade and festive environment may be found in the Speeches of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-third President of the United
States: A Complete Collection of His Public Addresses, "...The reception at Santa Barbara was the most unique that the presidential
party experienced on their trip, and also one of the most enjoyable; it was a veritable flower carnival. Leading the procession
was a Spanish cavalcade commanded by Carlos de la Guerra. The President's escort was a cavalcade of children marshaled by
Mrs. Schermer- horn, with flower-decked saddles and bridles; then followed over 100 flower-trimmed equipages, each displaying
a different design and flower and bespeaking the marvelous flora of Santa Barbara in the month of April. The stand from whence
the President reviewed the procession and witnessed the Battle of Flowers was a floral triumph..."; no photographer or studio
noted. [From dealer's description.]
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Festivals -- California -- Santa Barbara
Parades -- California -- Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- History, Local
Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901