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[Photograph album of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and surrounding areas]

Label
[Photograph album of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and surrounding areas]
Title
[Photograph album of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and surrounding areas]
Creator
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Collection of three photograph albums compiled by Lloyd Delos Barber, documenting camping, fishing, and road trips in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley, and several Nevada ghost mining towns including Rhyolite and Darwin between 1925 and 1931.
Biographical or historical data
Lloyd Delos Barber was an architect and engineer for the Bell Telephone Company, as well as an avid camper, fisherman, outdoorsman, and amateur photographer.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The first album (volume 1) opens with a large 8 x 10 photograph, dated Sept. 1926, of the fire ranger station on Oat Mountain, a peak in the Santa Susana Mountains overlooking the San Fernando Valley. Pictured is the photographer's friend, Willis Rowe, proprietor of Willis Rowe Garage in San Fernando, shaking hands with ranger Victor Lopez, standing on the running board of a Gardner Motor Car. The bulk of the photographs in the album document Barber's many camping and fishing trips in Yosemite and throughout the Sierra, often in the company of friends Willis Rowe, and Aldis D. Waltz; several photos are signed by Percy Burnham. The photographs captures the beauty of the mountains, lakes, and forests of the Sierra, including the places frequented by Barber such as Tee Jay Lake in the Mammoth Lakes District, the Minaret peaks in the Sierra's Ritter Range, Lake Adiza in Yosemite National Forest, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, June Lake, Shadow Lake, Convict Lake, and Devil's Post Pile. Also pictured are Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, Mohave Desert, and fishing in the San Joaquin River. Barber has lovingly documented his mountain log cabin, "Blue Heaven," located in Mammouth Valley, near Convict Lake. There are photos of the cabin exterior, veranda, and living room. A car trip to Death Valley in January 1928 includes Mr. and Mrs. Aldis Waltz, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Rowe, and Barber. Of interest are the salt works at Trona, California; salt beds in Death Valley--"Devil's Golf Course;" an old coal and wood burning steam tractor abandoned in Boundry Canyon; Cottage City (also known as Bungalette or Bungalow City), with its own toll gate; and the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada, where the empty shells of a school house, hotel, bank, and an assayer's cabin are all that remain of what was once a boom gold mining town between 1904 and 1916. There are several photos of Furnace Creek; Dante's View in Death Valley; and other ghost towns of Darwin, Nevada; and the Eagle Borax Works. Laid in are 16 smaller photos, five of which are printed on Velox paper, a new coated baryta paper with a faint pink tint, invented by the Belgian Leo Hendrik Baekeland at the end of the 19th century. Most of the 16 are smaller photos of enlargements mounted in the album, although there are six early photos from April 1927 of the area that is now the campus of UCLA: three are views of farmers cutting hay and oats, and loading bales of hay on a truck near the "U of C Job Office;" the other three show road crews in horse-drawn wagons doing road work and grading of what would become University Drive (now Charles E. Young Drive) on the UCLA campus. Also laid in are three maps; a USGS topographic map of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest; a promotional map of Mammoth Lakes--"The Paradise of the Sierra"--and a small map of important scenic motor highways of California; a newspaper clipping, undated, but probably from around 1935 based on textual evidence, about Willis Rowe's admittance into a secret society of a Hopi Indian rattlesnake order, possibly the first white man to be allowed to participate in the Hopi rattlesnake dance; and a check for $1577, dated Nov. 9, 1909, payable to the First National Bank of Rhyolite, Nevada, signed by H.D. & L.D. Porter, Wholesale and Retail Merchants. As Barber was a trained architect, he also included photographs of architectural interest in his album, including an early photo of the Arroyo Bridge on the UCLA campus, the baroque-rococo Spanish Colonial facade of the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park; and an 8 x 10 photo of the Donner party in the Sierra painted by Frank Tenney Johnson on the asbestos proscenium curtain in the Fox Carthay Circle movie theater at 6316 San Vicente Blvd. in Los Angeles. The other two albums, volumes 2 and 3, contain hand-tinted enlarged versions of the photographs in volume 1. As a photography buff, Barber was probably interested in, and experimented with, hand-colored photographs, which were very popular during the first half of the 20th century, especially between 1915 and 1929 when the Great Depression started
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and surrounding areas]
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Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are affixed to leaves of heavy black paper, with 1-4 photographs per page, depending on the size; captions, often quite detailed and dated, several noting f-stops and exposure times, are written below in white ink; the tinted photographs in albums 2 and 3 are interleaved with guard tissue
  • Sixteen loose photographs, maps, clippings, and bank check, formerly laid in volume 1, have been removed and housed separately in mylar sleeves in manila portfolio accompanying volume 1
  • Bound in standard rough-grained black leather or cloth covered albums
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
26 x 32 cm or smaller (albums)
Extent
3 albums (420 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copies: each album in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Transferred to the Photograph Album Collection from University Archives, March 2016.
Other physical details
gelatin silver (112 hand-colored)
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952439805
  • ucoclc952439805
Label
[Photograph album of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Death Valley, and surrounding areas]
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are affixed to leaves of heavy black paper, with 1-4 photographs per page, depending on the size; captions, often quite detailed and dated, several noting f-stops and exposure times, are written below in white ink; the tinted photographs in albums 2 and 3 are interleaved with guard tissue
  • Sixteen loose photographs, maps, clippings, and bank check, formerly laid in volume 1, have been removed and housed separately in mylar sleeves in manila portfolio accompanying volume 1
  • Bound in standard rough-grained black leather or cloth covered albums
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
26 x 32 cm or smaller (albums)
Extent
3 albums (420 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copies: each album in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Transferred to the Photograph Album Collection from University Archives, March 2016.
Other physical details
gelatin silver (112 hand-colored)
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952439805
  • ucoclc952439805

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