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Nun tours SoCal with original photos, 1894  

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Scrapbook of photographs, photographic reproductions, clippings of drawings, and other pictorial matter recording a trip to Southern California in 1894 by a teacher at Mount Saint Mary, Manchester, NH

Cornelia, Sister Mary

Various places




20 leaves, with matter glued to both sides. 24.5x18.5 cm (9¾x7¼"), cloth with gilt lettering ("Scrap Book").

Fascinating record of an adventurous tour by a nun from New Hampshire, with hundreds of images. Most of the photographic images are halftones, but there are some original albumen or early silver photographs. The original photographs include views of the Los Angeles Court House; Ramona's House (a small copy photograph); Main Street Looking North with the L.A. Post Office; Los Angeles looking down Broadway from the Court House; San Gabriel Mission (another small copy photo); Los Angeles' Chinatown on a Saturday evening; a view of Redlands; Riverside; Hotel Rubio Music Hall, Los Angeles; Ribbon Rock Falls, Rubio Canyon; Great Incline on Mount Lowe Railroad; "City on the Mount" Mt. Lowe Ry., and a few others. 

Sister Mary Cornelia's journey started October 17th, 1894 and via Overland Route ended in Southern California. The last dated photo is “January 26, 1895 Evening in Chinatown”. Most of the time Sister Mary Cornelia spent in Southern California (San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Gabriel Mission, San Diego, Coronado, Long Beach, Redlands, Riverside, Mt. Lowe). She also visited Santa Fe (New Mexico), and Las Vegas. There are nine large original photosgraphs (5”x8”), two smaller photos, and seven small copy photos. All of the original photographs are of Southern California. There are also dozens of clippings., the majority of them with captions done by Sister Mary Cornelia. She marked the hotel she stayed, places she visited, such as Los Angeles Chinese “Kindergarten. Presbyterian Church, December 26, 1894”, “Wife of Chinese Minister”, and many more.


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