Los Angeles. M. Rieder. No date. Ca. 1900.
A photographic view book of Pasadena, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, in paper wraps, unfolding to ten double-sided panels approximately 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches each. Years of improvised folding and unfolding have resulted in abrasions across most folds, with several captions rendered difficult (but not impossible) to read. One fold has been reinforced with narrow strips of archival tape. One panel (Mt. Lowe Railway) has small nick with paper loss; a small brown spot is present on another image and in the margin of the image on verso. Paper wraps show wear. The various photographic views in the booklet include East Colorado Street (two views), North Los Robles Avenue, Marengo Avenue, the Hotel Green and Annex, and a remarkable four-panel "Panorama of Pasadena." The cover of the booklet states "Compliments of Sun Drug Company," which was founded in 1901. No automobiles are to be seen in any of the photos. Streetcars and horse drawn vehicles are the only means of transport. Despite the condition issues noted, the view book is an uncommon and intriguing piece of Pasadena ephemera, particularly given the presence of the four-panel Panorama with the imposing San Gabriel Mountains in the background. Item #48780