Unused early 1930s Monterey Bay, California glossy real photo postcard – panoramic scenic view of the Monterey Bay coastline outside of Monterey, California, featuring a Spanish-style hacienda perched on the rocks overlooking the bay. Caption is "Scene on Monterey Coast - Calif." and the photo number "7958" printed in white ink.
Chloride print (sepia-toned) glossy real photo postcard collected by a Connecticut couple on an extended touring vacation through the West in 1937 – and removed by us from their travel memory album where it had been for over 70 years. We date this postcard image to sometime prior to its 1937 purchase date, and probably prior to 1931. Although the photo does not carry a publisher's imprint, there is a photo number on the front, that leads us to believe it was likely published by Zan of Tamalpais (1920's-1952), of Mill Valley, California. The Zan photographer Alexander J. Stark published thousands of real photo postcards of the California coast and the San Francisco Bay area. There is no stamp box imprint, so the photo paper used is also unidentified. Postcards with white borders surrounding the image usually were published prior to 1931.
On July 7, 1846, United States naval forces under Commodore John D. Sloat, landed in Monterey Bay, and first claimed California for the United States, after the so-called "Battle" of Monterey. Many noted authors have lived in and around the Monterey area such as John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
CONDITION NOTE: The image is a quality, glossy photo. The card 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 generally good, with only some rounding.
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1930s Monterey Bay, California Real Photo Postcard – Monterey Bay Coastline – Spanish-Style Hacienda – Unused