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Photograph of two men with their arms wrapped around a 25-years-old eucalyptus tree at the L.J. Rose Ranch, ca.1900. The men, leaning against the tree and holding hands, have their free arm wrapped around the large tree. The barks on the trunk is pealing off and revealing the smooth surface underneath. The ground is littered with fallen leaves. Shrubs and trees are visible in the background. "Under the ownership of Leonard John Rose, the Sunny Slope Ranch live location was a showplace of orchards and vineyards, drawing as many as two to three hundred visitors a day. Rose learned how to grow grapes without irrigation, and the ranch became known for its brandy and fine wines." -- unknown author. "The Old Grapevine holds a small segment of the original vine whose trellised branches once covered 10,000 square feet. It was a popular local gathering place where refreshments were served under the vine. Started as a cutting from the "Mother Vine" at the Mission, many local vineyards began from cuttings of this vine. L.J. Rose of Sunnyslope Ranch, just north and east of San Gabriel, started with such cuttings and grafted on many varieties of grapes new to this area. He later helped begin many a vineyard in Northern California. The San Gabriel Winery was among the worlds largest in the late 1800's, until a blight wiped out the vineyards and oranges became the main agricultural crop of the area. Today the park is once again a popular place for weddings, parties and social gatherings." -- unknown author.
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprint, b&w 26 x 21 cm. glass plate negatives photographic prints photographs