Unused 1930s California glossy real photo postcard – a spectacular view of a snow-covered Mount San Antonio - commonly called Mount Baldy - because of the absence of trees on the summit. Mount Baldy is an impressive 10,000' mountain on the border between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. This remarkable photo was taken from nearby Mount Wilson, home of the famous observatory. Caption is " `Old Baldy' From Mt. Wilson Calif." and the photo number "A-8" is in the lower right corner printed in white ink.
Chloride print (sepia-toned) glossy real photo postcard, and collected unused by a Connecticut couple on an extended touring vacation through the West in 1937 – which we removed from their vacation memory album where it had been for over 70 years.
The photographer / publisher is unidentified. However, photos by Zan of Tamalpais (1920's-1952), of Mill Valley, California, often have a photo number printed in white ink in the lower right corner. The Zan photographer Alexander J. Stark published thousands of real photo postcards of California views. The back has an EKKP photo paper stamp box imprint, indicating it could have been published between 1914 and its 1937 purchase, and a white border surrounding the image, which usually means it was published prior to 1931.
The image is a glossy, quality photo. Over time, there has been some slight fading along the borders, which is less noticeable in person than in this photo. This is a natural aging process for many glossy chloride print real photos. The card itself is in great condition, with no tears or bends. Some light soiling around the edges from handling, but the images are not involved. Corners are excellent, with only slight rounding.
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