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.