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19th Century Boudoir Card Photograph of San Diego from Santa Fe Wharf

A rare early photograph of San Diego, showing part of the town near downtown from the perspective of the Santa Fe Railroad wharf. The warf was at the foot of H Street. The photo shows a long white wooden bridge extending into water, with a horsedrawn railroad car at left. Town buildings beyond in the background.

While the photograph is unsigned, the photograph came from a group of San Diego related photographs by Henry Ellis Coonley (1865-1942), and may have been by that photographer. Coonley was active in San Diego and specialized in such views of San Diego. With an interesting ink stamp of an early San Diego bookseller on the verso of the mount: "Hirschler's Book Exchange / 1530 F. Street / San Diego, Cal."

Burnell & Walz appear in advertisements in the San Diego Sud California Deutsche Zeitung from 1888 to 1890.


Such 19th century boudoir card format photographs of San Diego are becoming rare in the market.  

Condition Description
Original boudoir card format albumen photograph on card mount measuring 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Corners slightly worn. One tear to top margin. Some dust soiling.