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Life at Olympic Trailer Court, view 21
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1940]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.; In episode #10001 of "California's Gold," Huell Howser visits the Los Angeles Public Library to see this collection of Ansel Adams photographs.; Photograph included in the exhibit "On Assignment: Ansel Adams in Los Angeles."
Around 1939, Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation history of the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took 217 photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes, aerospace employees, and a variety of other subjects, but when the article, "City of Angels," appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included. In the early 1960s, approximately 20 years later, Adams rediscovered all of the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel, and sent a letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles Public Library, asking if the institution would be interested in receiving the collection as a donation. In his letter, Adams expressed that, "the weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good" and "if they have no value whatsoever, please dispose of them in the incenerator [sic]." He went on to write that "I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value." In response, the Los Angeles Public Library gladly accepted the gift of 135 contact prints and 217 negatives, and the staff concluded that a fair value for the collection would be $150.00.
A young girl, seen with her baby doll, stands outside of Olympic Grocery. Although the miniature street signs next to the girl indicate 5th Avenue and Broadway, Olympic Grocery is the local market for the residents of the Olympic Trailer Court, located at 2121 Bundy Drive in Santa Monica. Some residential trailers can be seen in the background on the right.; Similar to view 1 (# 00085628) of this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Ansel Adams Fortune Magazine Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
GPC_b11_f1_i38; S-002-002.21 4x5
Olympic Trailer Court (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Trailer camps--California--Santa Monica
Grocery stores--California--Santa Monica
Children--California--Santa Monica
Baby dolls--California--Santa Monica
Santa Monica (Calif.)
Ansel Adams Fortune Magazine Collection photographs

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