Scope and Content
Title: Photograph album of Edith M. Wood of Long Beach, containing snapshots of California
Date (inclusive): 1909-1920
Collection number: 94/161
Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918.
1 album (363 photographic prints) : b&w, 26 x 34 cm (album)
Photographs are mounted on first 48 of 50 leaves of stiff black paper, with two photos mounted on back pastedown; some scattered
captions, and two poems added in white ink, probably by album owner Edith Wood; two photographs laid in, in mylar sleeve.
Bound in dark brown cloth covers, tied with black silk cord threaded through two grommets along left edge; gold-stamped cover
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth-covered clamshell box.
Abstract: Family snapshot album documenting people, places, pets, cars, and events in the life of Edith M. Wood, of 125 Cedar Ave.,
Long Beach, California, between ca. 1909 to ca. 1918. Probable range of dates from scattered dates supplied in album captions.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
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Restrictions on Access
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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Dr. Richard Lingenfelter, 1977.
[Identification of item], Photograph album of Edith M. Wood of Long Beach, containing snapshots of California (Collection
Number 94/161). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Scope and Content
The album records family travel and vacations, and includes several shots of family members at the [Long Beach?] train station,
with luggage; on deck aboard the steamship "The President, with fellow passenger "Mr. Macomber of Pasadena, Cal.", identified
as A. Kingsley Macomber (1874-1955), founding owner and first president of the Los Angeles Trust Company, and developer, with
Henry Huntington and William R. Staats, of the Oak Knolls subdivision between Pasadena and San Marino; and a view from the
ship of Dead Man's Island, near San Pedro, Calif. Other travel and vacation photographs include views of friends and family
members in Oakland, Sacramento (Nov. 1915), Big Bear Lake, Mt. Lowe (June 6, 1915), Camp Rincon in Azusa (Summer 1916), San
Diego and San Diego Fair Grounds (Sept. 1916), Forest Home (July 4, 1916), and Oak Wilde Camp in the San Gabriel Mts., at
the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Dark Canyon. Many of the snapshots record the Wood family's time at the beach and amusement
pier in Long Beach, and include views of the famous Cyclone Racer roller coaster on the pier, the Bath House, and family and
friends wearing typical beach dresses and bathing costumes. They also pose often at their home--both in exterior and interior
shots--often with parents, and children. The Wood family obviously cherished their pets--mostly small terriers, but also cats
and squirrels--as well as their cars, one of which is an early Elmore model, probably from 1909. There is one photo of a summer
home in Ft. Point, Maine, belonging to C.L. Webster. Other names of friends and acquaintances appearing in the album include
Eugene Barton, Charley Stearns, June Bennett, H.C. Brown (possibly Herbert Cutler Brown, married at that time to Zoe Elsie
Lowe, daughter of Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, both of whom pose at the Alpine Tavern on Mt. Lowe), Los Angeles businessman Charles
R. Hadley (whose Wilshire Blvd. home is photographed); and J.E. Shrewsberry, Fire Chief of Long Beach, who was killed in a
car crash on May 2, 1916. Several photographs show close-ups of the wrecked automobile in which Chief Shrewsberry died. Also
included are 17 photographs from Sept.-Oct. 1918, during World War I, documenting service of Edith Wood and her girl friends
as "farmerettes" in the Woman's Land Army of America in Upland, Calif., where they took over harvesting of citrus crops after
the men had been called to war. Sixteen snapshots show Edith and friends in WLA uniforms, picking fruit in the orchards, perched
in the branches of orange trees, on ladders, and in farm wagons. There is also a shot of a group of young people atop an early
rhomboid-shaped tank at the 4th Liberty Loan Drive in Oct. 1918, organized to raise money to support the war efforts.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918 --Photographs.
Wood family --Photographs.
Macomber, A. Kingsley --Photographs.
Hadley, Charles R. --Homes and haunts --Photographs.
President (Ship: 1909)
Women's Land Army of America --Photographs.
World War, 1914-1918 --California --Photographs.
Beaches --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Roller coasters --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Steamboats --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Architecture, Domestic --California --Photographs.
Log cabins --California --Photographs.
Vacation homes --Maine.
Antique and classic cars --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Tanks (Military science) --Photographs.
Traffic accidents --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Piers --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Dams --California --Photographs.
Pets --California --Long Beach --Photographs.
Women in agriculture --California --Photographs.
Citrus fruit industry --California --Upland --Photographs.
Long Beach (Calif.) --Photographs.
Big Bear Lake (Calif.) --Photographs.
Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County, Calif.) --Photographs.
Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.) --Photographs.
San Diego (Calif.) --Photographs.
Sacramento (Calif.) --Photographs.
Upland (Calif.) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Wood, Edith M., fl. 1909-1918, former owner.
Lingenfelter, Richard E., former owner.