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Harry Park Photographs and Other Material
P-271  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harry Park Photographs and Other Material
    Dates: 1886-1955
    Collection Number: P-271
    Creator/Collector: Park, Harry Matthews, Ransom
    Extent: (Boxes: 2 letter, 1 legal)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: Photographs and other material. Park originated from Baltimore, but later settled in Los Angeles, thus many of the photos show early Los Angeles and fellow bicycle enthusiasts. Noteworthy are the items reflecting Park having earned his flying license from instructor Glenn H. Curtiss. Also, there are items demonstrating some of the earliest moving picture images taken by inventor C. Francis Jenkins. 1886-1953 (photos of Ransom Matthews dated 1955).
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Harry Park Photographs and Other Material. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Park (1869 - 1955) was an aerial stunt bicyclist, as well as an automobile aerialist, in a career that began in 1885. He performed stunts throughout the U.S., and in Mexico City. Married in 1895, he also teamed with his wife Gertrude, under the name "the Bretons." He originated from Baltimore, but later settled in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Photographs and other material. Park originated from Baltimore, but later settled in Los Angeles, thus many of the photos show early Los Angeles and fellow bicycle enthusiasts. Noteworthy are the items reflecting Park having earned his flying license from instructor Glenn H. Curtiss. Also, there are items demonstrating some of the earliest moving picture images taken by inventor C. Francis Jenkins. Box 1 contains photos related to Harry and Gertrude Park. Box 2 contains photos of other people and places. Box 3 contains Park's correspondence and documents, as well as papers of former museum curator Ransom Matthews, who corresponded with Park. 1886-1953 (photos of Ransom Matthews dated 1955).

    Indexing Terms

    Stunt performers
    Camera, early photography & moving pictures
    Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930
    Jenkins, C. Francis (Charles Francis), 1867-1934