Thursday, March 24, 2016

Harry Babcock Collection

The Harry Babcock Photograph Albums collection contains 175 photographic prints taken between 1881 and 1883, presumably by Harry Babcock. The collection contains many scenes of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. The natural locations photographed include Yosemite, San Andreas Lake, various parts of the Sacramento, McCloud and Pitt Rivers, Lagunitas, Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Shasta, Eddy Mountain, San Francisco Bay, Mud Lake, Picayune Lake, Buck Lake, Castle Lake, Pilarcitos, and the Suisun marshes. There are also photographs of Babcock's hunting dogs, hunting partners, and killed game.

According to Langley's San Francisco Directory of 1881-1882, Harry Babcock was a clerk at Parrott & Co. and resided at 11 Essex Street in San Francisco. The collection features several photographs of this residence. The partners of Parrott & Co. were Louis B. Parrott, William F. Babcock, and William Babcock. Both William F. and William also resided at 11 Essex Street and are referred to in the albums' captions. The relations among the three Babcock's is undetermined.

 At Buck horn Camp. 1881
 At North Fork camp, 1881
 Buck-horn camp - breakfast, 1881
 Mud Lake. 1881
North Fork Camp. 1881

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