Frank G. Brown Album
|Album purchased on ebay, 12/20/2011, seller description:
"Album Scenes mainly CA, Taken by Frank G. Brown, C. 1900. It
contains 42 pgs., with 233 photos, every one described by Mr. Brown,
some showing him, one in a hot air Balloon. He starts in Montreal,
Canada, moves west, most photos are CA, but he also goes to Pikes
Peak, Salt Lake City. etc. There are many early photos, one of a
"Firth Wheel, before being called Ferris Wheel. Several photos were
taken from a Hot Air Balloon over Los Angeles, even one taken of
Brown in the balloon and a few of the balloon in flight from the
ground. Early photos of Baseball Game, Bicycle Racing on Banked
Track, Bull Fighting, & La Fiesta de la Flores, which I believe
became the present day Rose Parade held on New Year's Day. There are
17 photos on this parade. Number of photos on military ships,
Japanese & American, several Steam Ships, including Empress of
China. Many famous Hotels, Palace in San Francisco, Cliff House,
Hotel Green Pasadena, Hotel Coronado, etc. Lots of trains, some at
the top of Pike's Peak. One of an "Indian Parade", and inside
"Chinese Theatre". Scenes of Mormon buildings in Salt Lake City.
Garden of Gods, inside Cave of Winds, etc."
Based on the
Firth Wheel photo (posted later) and the existence of the Ferry
Building these photos were likely taken
between 1898 and 1900. (Contributed by John Martini)
"Alcatraz Island", "Nippon Maru", "Schooner Frisco Bay", "Chitose", "Iowa", Pier
One, "Dry Docks, Union Iron Works"
Palace Hotel, Golden Gate Park, Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights
Sutro Baths and Museum
"Sutro Heights", Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Park, Firth Wheel, Cliff House, Glen Park
(the Glen Park balloon is likely a reference to
(location of booth as seen on
"Baker Beach", "Mt Tamalpias"
"Indian Parade", "Chinese Theatre", "Pacific Grove Hotel", "Leona Heights"
"Glen Park and the Mission Zoo was established
through the efforts of A. S. Baldwin of the Baldwin & Howell real
estate firm as an enticement to view available home lots. During its
heyday (1898-1900), the pleasuring grounds attracted thousands of
visitors every weekend. Many came to see the wild animals and
vaudeville shows, others to view sporting events and daring
tightrope walkers and aeronauts. The deer paddock and aviary shown
here were located on the block bordered by Chenery Street (then
called Glen Avenue), Surrey Street, and Lippard Avenue. In the
background is Morro Castle, constructed to honor the memory of those
lost on the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1888. Read the
6-part history of Glen Park and the Mission Zoo at
Tramps of San Francisco, beginning with Part I, and
how Glen Park got its name." - Evelyn Rose
While not San Francisco photos, the
following three pages are included here because they show the album's owner,
Frank G. Brown...
"Chutes Park from Balloon"
"Los Angeles from Balloon"
"Frank H. Brown in Balloon", "Catalina Island", "Hotel Metropole",
"Glass Bottom Boats"