3 1930s San Marino, California RPPC Real Photo Postcards - Huntington Art Gallery and Library - Founded By Henry E. Huntington - San Rafael Hills Near Pasadena - Unused

Three early 1930s San Marino California real photo postcards of the Huntington Art Gallery and Library, in the San Rafael Hills near Pasadena, and established by Henry E. Huntington, 1850–1927. Huntington, a trolley, streetcar and interurban railroad magnate, amassed a large collection of art and rare books.

The Huntington Art Gallery, formerly the residence of Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and his wife, opened in 1928 as the first public art museum in Southern California. The Huntington's art collection is particularly strong in English portraits, and French eighteenth-century furniture. The Huntington Library, an educational and research institution, houses some 6.5 million manuscripts and more than a million rare books, most of which are available only for research by scholars.

Henry Huntington was the nephew of Colis P. Huntington, one of the founders of the Southern Pacific and the transcontinental railroad. Also a railroad magnate, Henry Huntington formed the sprawling interurban, standard gauge Pacific Electric Railway (the PE), also known as the "Red Car" system, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding bedroom communities.

Chloride print (sepia-toned) matte finish real photo postcards published for the Huntington by B. Matthews LTD, of Bradford, England, a British publisher of quality postcard. Collected by a Connecticut couple on an extended touring vacation through the West in 1937 – and fresh removed from their travel memory album just the other day.

Item ID: 29-0439M


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