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Cacti comparison
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Spineless cactus thriving, desert cactus dying, under identical conditions Luther Burbank's Experimental Grounds, Santa Rosa, California.
Turrill, Charles B. (Charles Beebe), 1854-1927
Turrill & Miller
Edward H. Miller (Firm)
Act 3 Partners (Jack Schaefer, Tiburon, CA
Date Created and/or Issued
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Sonoma County Library
Luther Burbank Homes & Gardens Collection
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Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Association (100 Santa Rosa Ave., Room 10, Santa Rosa, CA 95404;; City of Santa Rosa (100 Santa Rosa Ave., Room 10, Santa Rosa, CA 95404;; Sonoma County Library (6135 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA;
Black and white photo comparing cacti, in which spineless cactus is thriving and desert cactus is dying under identical conditions. There is an oval portrait photo of Burbank inserted in the upper right corner. Marked "195S".
Exact geocoding
Charles Beebe Turrill was born on March 26, 1854, in Folsom, California, and died in San Francisco, on May 11, 1927. He practiced as an amateur photographer for twenty years before establishing the professional firm of Turrill & Miller Photographers circa 1900. The firm's studio would eventually be located in Turrill's home, at 57 Sanchez Street in San Francisco. Turrill was a man of many interests. In addition to his work as a commercial photographer, he was also an historian, collector, author and illustrator. In all of these pursuits, California was his greatest passion. Turrill's first (and only) book, California Notes, was published in 1876, when he was only seventeen. Later, his photographs were featured in several books on California history, such as Gold and Sunshine, Reminiscences of Early California (1922). Throughout his life, he authored numerous articles for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Monitor, and many other magazines and newspapers. Turrill was also an active member of over twenty local societies and associations, including the Society of Philatelic Americans, the Pacific Coast Numismatic Association, and The Society of California Pioneers. He held many important civic posts, such as California Commissioner at the New Orleans Exposition (1884-1886), Secretary of the California State Viticultural Commission (1889), and historian of Lincoln Grammar School in San Francisco. Next to his achievements as a photographer, Turrill was probably best known in his day as a collector. Over a lifetime, he amassed an enormous personal library consisting of thousands of books and ephemeral items, all relating to California history. The collection famously filled all three floors of 57 Sanchez Street. In an article published in The San Francisco Call and Post (September 17, 1921), Elford Eddy describes the experience of visiting Turrill: "Instead of walking into a photograph gallery, you find yourself in an old-fashioned San Francisco house, jammed, crammed, bulging and running over with relics and books and specimens, antiques, works of art and sundry - fourteen rooms filled to overflowing with amazing stuff." After his death, Turrill's library was acquired by The Society of California Pioneers, where it resides today. Turrill lived during the "golden age" of California photography (1860-1890), when Carleton E.Watkins, Eadward Muybridge and George Fiske were making names for themselves in the San Francisco area. He befriended Carleton Watkins in his later years, promoted his work, and wrote the first biography of Watkins for News Notes of California Libraries in January, 1918. Although Turrill worked mainly as a commercial photographer, his contribution is nevertheless a significant one. Turrill thought deeply about purpose and technique in photography, and wrote an article on "Historical Photography" for the 1914 issue of Camera Craft. He believed that photography played a key role in the creation of the historical record, and saw himself as part of this tradition.-- Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection (Santa Clara University) description (
Title from caption.
a. 8 x 10" copy by Turrill and Miller. b. 6 x 9" copy probably from a postcard. c. original by Turrill and Miller, mounted on heavy cardboard.
This image was used in postcards. See P-VII-013.
LBH&G Photo Digitization Project--2018
City of Santa Rosa
204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
High (600 ppi)
103.33 MB
16 16 16
78.001.3041 a-c
Still image
Agriculture, Rural Life and Fisheries
Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926--Miscellanea
Time Period
United States
Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Avenue
204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, California
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Collection GUIDE
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Collection,-122.711899,17z/data=!4m5!3m4

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