Two Panoramas of the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro, 1908-1926

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Two Panoramas of the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro, 1908-1926

BANC PIC 19xx.109 -- ALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    October 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Two Panoramas of the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro,
Date (inclusive): 1908-1926
Collection Number: BANC PIC 19xx.109 -- ALB
Extent: Two panorama photographs, connected with cheesecloth backing, each comprising 8 photographic prints (27 x 35 cm. each); compiled in one album, 31 x 42 cm. 16 digital objects
Photographer: W.E. Brooks, D.E. Hughes (1908 panorama); Sunset Photo Supply Company (1926 panorama)
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Two Panoramas of the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro, BANC PIC 19xx.109 --ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

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Acquisition Information


Scope and Content

The Two Panoramas of the Los Angeles Harbor at San Pedro album contains two 8-plate panorama photographs of the Los Angeles Harbor, one taken in 1908, the other in 1926. Both panoramas picture the same section of the harbor, and were taken from the same Wilmington location. Regarded together, the panoramas illustrate the considerable overall urban expansion which took place during the early decades of the twentieth century in a location which would become one of the largest port areas in the nation. The 1908 panorama shows a practically undeveloped expanse of water, marshland, and distant hills, traversed by a single railroad line, with a few unidentified buildings scattered throughout. The 1926 panorama shows a thriving harbor area, replete with industrial and commercial activity and, in the distance, much residential development. Businesses pictured in the 1926 panorama include the Los Angeles Yacht Club, Union Oil, Southern Pacific Creosoteing Plant, Wilmington Boat Works, Panama Mail Steamship Company, Fellows & Stewart Boat Builders, Santa Catalina Island Steamer Terminal, Pacific Coast Borax Company, and General Petroleum Corporation. Pictured in the distance of the same panorama is the community of San Pedro and the Signal Hill oil fields.
The cover of the album is embossed: "Geo. [i.e. George] E. Cryer / Mayor / City of Los Angeles."
The title caption on the first plate of the 1908 panorama reads: "Inner Bay of San Pedro, from railroad tank, Wilmington, Nov. 5th 08, 7.45 to 8.42 a.m. 8 plates, by W.E. Brooks, Photo. Assisted by D.E. Hughes." Each plate is numbered and lists the time that the plate was photographed and the concurrent tide measurement.
The title caption of the 1926 panorama reads: "March 6, 1926 --Tide +2 feet. Photos by Sunset Photo Supply, San Pedro, Cal." Each plate is numbered and captioned.
The two panoramas are connected with a cheesecloth backing, allowing them to be folded together to fit into the album.

Container Listing


1908 Panorama


1926 Panorama


9 No. 1. Signal Hill oil field.


10 No. 2. Long Beach and Badger Avenue Bridge.


11 No. 3. Long Beach Channel and So. Pac. Creosoting Plant.


12 No. 4. Los Angeles Yacht Club and anchorage.


13 No. 5. Slip #5.


14 No. 6. Slip #1.


15 No. 7. West Basin and San Pedro.


16 No. 8. North end West Basin and Union Oil.