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Image of a cloud of smoke and dust created from asphalt blasting at the Brea ranch (presumably located near the La Brea Tar Pits in present-day Hancock Park in Los Angeles, California). Instantaneous photograph. Blasting for asphaltum at the Brea ranch near Santa Monica"--text, handwritten in ink on verso. Title devised based on note on verso; date supplied by cataloger based on date provided for same image in the Los Angeles Public Library Collection titled "Blasting in the tar pits, 1890.