Henderson, G. C.; Oliver, Robt. A.; and Weston, Edward
"Tropico: The City Beautiful," 1915

Multi-page promotional booklet illustrated with numerous sepia-tone photographs by Weston, in-texte, on smooth off-white paper, and brown paper covers with letterpress image and title printed in colors, with stitch binding; according to the title page, this was an "Official Program and Souvenir of the Knights of Pythias Carnival, given by Visor and Miraderia Lodges at Tropico, California, Thursday, June 24, 1915;" The Valley Press, Tropico, CA, pub.
Booklet: 9.5" H x 6" W x 0.25" D

  • Provenance: The Estate of Amy Conger
  • Notes: According to one of the title pages of this small booklet, the text for this promotional booklet was written by G. C. Henderdson and Robert A. Oliver, whereas the many photographs of the town's residential and commercial buildings were taken by Edward Weston while he was still in his late-20s. Certain pages are set aside for advertisements by various local businesses, both large and small, however, "Edward Henry Weston / Modern Portraiture / Just North of City Hall, Tropico / Visitors Welcome" was given a coveted spot on the inside of the front cover to advertise his burgeoning business. Additionally, one of the photographs within the text pages of the booklet shows Weston's small studio with an entranceway bordered by abundant, blossoming flowers. Who wouldn't want to consider settling in this town after Mr. Oliver extends the following invitation, "Come to Tropico. Here you will inhale into your whole body the freshness of the spirit of Spring, the loveliness of the spirit of Summer, the peacefulness of the spirit of Autumn, the strength of the spirit of Winter; while your cares will fade away like the last rays of the sun."
  • Condition: Overall good condition. Slight time staining, shelf wear, surface soiling, and occasional damp staining mostly at the edges, commensurate with age and use. Various small paper loses and edge creases or short tears at the edges of the brown paper cover.


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