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Watkins #39 - Mechanic's Institute Exhibit, San Francisco
Image courtesy of: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles   (Accession Number 99.XM.31.6)
Photographers number:39
Title:Mechanic's Institute Exhibit, San Francisco
Date Photographed: 1876
Catalog:Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, cat. no. 354
Notes:CMP notes: Verso mount: Peterson stamp u.l., and inscribed in pencil by Peterson: Mechanic's Institute--held annually for many/years in the Mechanics Institute Building on/Larkin St. in San Francisco. It was the great event of/the season and for many years was exceedingly/popular. After the advent of the Midwinter Fair in/1893, interest was lost in the old Institute, and/it was finally abandoned. Later the place was used for/carnivals, dances, pony shows, indoor circuses etc. At/present it is used as a skating rink. It is within/a few hundred feet of the new City hall--at the time/it was built it was on the very outskirts of the city./It is now almost in the center, with some of the/largest of the mercantile houses within a block of it. and l.r., Machanic [sic] Institute 398.

Photographer:Carleton E Watkins   (Nov 11, 1829 — Jun 23, 1916;  Active approx. 1853 — 1896)
Publisher:Carleton Watkins
Format:Mammoth Plate
Medium:Albumen
Image Size:15  x  21 38  in.  (38.1 x 54.3 cm)  —  Horizontal, Rectangle
Mount Size:18 58  x  23 58  in.  (47.3 x 60 cm)
Provenance to 1900:H.C. Peterson/Charles Isaacs USA/WCP  (source: 1999/JPGM notes)

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Link to image source:http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/126600/carleton-watkins-mechanics'-institute-exhibition-san-francisco-california-american-1876/
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