Images of early San Rafael from San Rafael Illustrated & Described, showing its Advantages for Homes, published by W.W. Elliott & Co., in 1884. They represent original lithographs made from the sketches of Mr. Chris Jorgensen, a teacher at the San Francisco Art School. San Rafael Illustrated & Described is a promotional piece, meant to attract new residents and investors to Marin’s most populous town. The lithographs portray San Rafael in a still bucolic setting, and highlight homes, businesses, churches, train routes, ferries, etc. Articles include: A Suburban Arcadia; A Lovely Village; Magnolia Valley; The New Railroads.
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