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Early San Diego Photograph of Trees

Include Orange Trees and Palm

A scarce late 19th-century San Diego photograph of trees. The image has the various trees identified in the negative: Banana, Eucalyptus Above All, two orange trees, and palm. A woman and a young girl stand in the right-hand foreground of the view.

The photograph is signed in the negative by Henry Ellis Coonley (1865-1942), who was active in San Diego and specialized in such views of San Diego. A photo dealer's name is stamped in purple ink on the mount: "W. G. Walz Company / B. Burnell, Manager, San Diego." The verso of the mount has an additional stamp: "From the San Diego Curiosity Store / S. E. Cor. 5th & F Sts."

Burnell & Walz appear as operators of a Mexican art and curio store in advertisements in the San Diego Sud California Deutsche Zeitung from 1888 to 1890.

Condition Description
Original boudoir card format albumen photograph on card mount measuring 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Overall a very nice image. Signed in the negative: Coonley, Photo.