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Saturday, July 25, 2009


2009 - The Year of Valley History
Minnie Andrews - Toluca, Calif. - Photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from David High July 2009 (click on image to enlarge)

This photo of the handsome Miss Minnie Andrews, taken around 1890 to 1900, is part of the wonderful collection of historic photographs donated to your Museum by Dave High. It is featured here, not only to show off our new treasure, but to exemplify the challenges of such a gift.
We begin by scanning the image and giving it a number. In Miss Andrews case it is: artifact number: 0709-032-951 HC 4
We record its condition, donor, year and month of the donation, if it has been scanned, where it is located as an electronic image (in this case HISTORIC PERSONS, Andrews), where the original is located, and additional notes. In this case the notes read: " Miss Minnie Andrews – Toluca, Calif. c 1890
Art Studio Sunbeam 236-238 South Main Street, Los Angeles, Calif."
We will be soon water marking all of our images used on the internet.
Then the fun begins: Who was Miss Andrews? When was the photo taken? How does she fit into the history of the San Fernando Valley?
Lot of work. If you or your organization wish to use an image belonging to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley please call us.
Do we have an expert out there who can advise us about watermarks? 1 (818) 347-9665

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

3 comments: said...

thank you Mr. High for your donations to the Museum, they really terrific. Regards, Gary Fredburg

owlhart said...

Is "Minnie Andrews" written on the back of the photo? I can't find a Minnie Andrews in Toluca in this time frame. Could it possibly be "Mollie Andrews"?

owlhart said...

Please ignore my previous question - I found Minnie Andrews. Sorry for the confusion.