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Here one will find images of Pasadena from the Harold A. Parker Studio The images provide a look at the commercial, residential and social development of the city and surrounding areas during the early years of the twentieth century. The collection is especially rich in images of residential architecture in Pasadena, Altadena, and San Marino; images of Lake Tahoe; depictions of, and activities at, the Raymond, Maryland, and Huntington Hotels in Pasadena; and the commercial, social and cultural landscapes of Pasadena. The collection also provides, through its breadth and depth of subject matter, an example of the career activities of a commercial photographer in Southern California in the early years of the twentieth century.

In addition to the Parker materials, the collection contains stereoviews from photogapher Carleton Watkins (1829-1916).   The bulk of the images are dated between 1870 and the late 1880s and depict very early Pasadena.   Watkins is considered to be one of the most famous early western photographers. He found international fame for his award winning photographs of Yosemite, San Francisco, the Pacific coast and subjects throughout the western states. 

Finally, a photograph album containing 28 stunning black and white photographs of the Royal Laundry and Dry Cleaning follow the step-by-step process of the laundry and dry cleaning service offered by this Pasadena establishment in the 1930's.    

 
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