1930s Palm Springs, California Vintage RPPC Real Photo Postcard - Coachella Valley - San Bernadino Mountains - Mount Gorgonio

Rarely found 1930s Palm Springs, California RPPC real photo postcard. The then very small City of Palm Springs is in the desert foreground, with Mount San Gorgonio in the San Bernadino Mountains looming behind it about 20-30 miles to the north. Unused card is titled in white ink at the lower left margin of the front - readable but difficult to see against the desert background.

Palm Springs is a desert city within the Coachella Valley, located located approximately 37 miles east of San Bernardino. In 2000, the population was 42,807 - much larger than in this circa 1932 photo. Palm Springs is sheltered by the San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, the San Jacinto Mountains to the west and by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the east.

Photo was published sometime between 1925 and 1937 on DOPS (1925-1942) photo paper with the imprint of Frasher's, Inc., of Pomona, California. Photographer Burton Frasher, Sr. published real photo postcards of Western views and Native Americans. He and his wife Josephine opened a photo shop in La Verne, California in 1914, and moved to Pomona in 1920. Frasher went to great lengths to find images for his real photo postcards, traveling down into Death Valley and up to Mt. Whitney, and the remote regions of Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico when they were all still largely inaccessible by road.

Collected by a Connecticut couple on an extended touring vacation through the West in 1937 –and only recently removed from their travel memory album.

This a glossy clearly focused real photo card in excellent condition. No bends or folds, and corners only slightly blunted.

Item ID: 29-0439B

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