Lot 90 of 419:
Photos by C.C. Curtis of Kaweah Colony  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$96
Estimate:
$150 - $250

Title:
Lot of four albumen photographs by C.C. Curtis, very likely of members of the Kaweah Colony in Tulare County
Author:
Curtis, C.C.
Place:
Traver, CA
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Date:
c.1886-92
Description:
Images approx. 4¾x7¾, on original mounts, Curtis' rubberstamp on the versos. Photographs of men and women engaging in various communal activities, very likely members of the Kaweah Colony in Tulare County, of which Curtis was a member. The colony was based upon the theories of Laurence Gronlund, an American socialist originally from Denmark, whose book The Cooperative Commonwealth was the first adequate exposition of German socialism. Gronlund envisioned an ideal cooperative colony in which working members would own and control production and profit accordingly. The colony lasted from 1886 to 1892, its demise hastened by the formation of Sequoia National Park, which precluded the colonists from profiting from timber sales. The photographs include a group shot of about 20 men and women seated and standing on a porch; the same or similar group posed on and around horses and donkeys; 8 couples on an outdoor dance floor with lady pianist in foreground; the group posed with American flags, the men dressed as women, and the women as men.
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Condition:
Some fading, soiling and other wear, else good to very good.
 
Item number:
187716
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