Two 1930s CARMEL California RPPC Real Photo Postcard Spanish MISSION SAN CARLOS - Bell Tower Stairway and Roman Catholic Religious Shrine

Two 1930's California CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Spanish Mission Real Photo Postcards – one of the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río' Carmelo a Roman Catholic mission church and U.S. National Historic Landmark located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. The second is of the Mission Bell Tower Stairway & Roman Catholic Religious Shrine.

The first is titled "Mission San Carlos Del Río Carmelo" in the lower right corner; the second is untitled. However, I have been told by one California postcard expert that this is a view of the stairway up to the bell tower of the Mission San Carlos Del Río Carmelo - taken before the steep roof (put in place in 1884) was replaced in 1936.

The Carmel mission is one of the historic Spanish mission churches along California's Mission Trail - the "Camino Real" – a horse and mule trail that connected 21 Spanish missions that stretched from San Diego to north of San Francisco. The California Spanish missions are a series of religious and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order between 1769 and 1823 to spread the Christian faith among the Native Americans of Alta California. The missions represented the first major effort by Europeans to colonize the Pacific Coast region, and gave Spain a valuable toehold in the frontier land. The government of Mexico shut down the missions in the 1830s. Today, the missions along the Camino Real are among California's oldest structures and the most-visited historic monuments.

The Carmel Mission was the headquarters of all the original Alta California missions headed by Father Serra, the "Father of California", from 1770 until his death in 1784, and Father Serra is buried beneath the chapel floor. It also contains the state's first library. The Mission was destroyed in the mid 1800s. A restoration began in 1884, that was not completed until the mid 1930s. The Carmel mission church is one of the most authentically restored of all the mission churches in California, and the only one to still have its original bell.

Junípero Serra O.F.M. (1713 - 1784) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the mission chain in Alta California. Father Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988.

These sharply focused chloride (sepia-toned) glossy print real photo postcards were collected unused by a Connecticut couple on an extended touring vacation through the West in 1937 – and only recently removed from their vacation memory album where it has been for over 70 years.

The first is marked with a copyright "Spencer" in the lower right corner. There is no stamp box on the back. The second has no publisher or photographer's imprint. The stamp box has an AZO imprint, which dates the photo paper to sometime between 1925 and 1937. However, postcards with white borders surrounding the image usually were published prior to 1931. Both definitely date to sometime prior to their 1937 purchase date.

CONDITION: These are quality standard-sized glossy real photo postcards, unused and in excellent condition, slightly bowed, but with no tears, bends or folds. Some light soiling and wear around the edges from handling, but the images are not involved. Corners are only slightly blunted. All defects are clearly visible in the photos.

Item ID: 29-0439HH-1

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