California: Best & Co., c. 1895. Photograph. Image shows the transfer point at the foot of The Great Cable Incline on Mt. Lowe in California where passengers would transfer from the tramway to the funicular car for the steep ride up Mt. Lowe. Gelatin silver print with white borders, 8 inches tall x 5 inches wide, with "Great Cable Incline, Mt. Lowe, Cal. / 482 / Best & Co." written in negative along bottom edge. Print w. creases, chips [corners mostly gone] and small edge tears, verso with some toning evident at upper left corner, an institutional rubber stamp, ink name and numbers. Poor. Item #3481
A famous California tourist destination, with this c. 1895 image showing both Lowe's tramway and his loaded funicular car. Mr. Lowe lost his railway to receivership in 1899, so with his name still being clearly visible on the tram in the photo, this photo predates his railway passing into Huntington's hands via the Pacific Electric Railway. The photographer, "Best & Co," are noted as working in Los Angeles in 1895 by Maxwell's Los Angeles Directory and Gazetteer of Southern California. Ref. Langdon's List of 19th & Early 20th Century Photographers.
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