Item: [photograph] People in San Francisco, circa 1890
Description: Mounted photograph, taken circa 1890, showing an assembly of men & women inside of a brick building that has an unadorned, industrial appearance. The photo is from San Francisco. There is a sign hanging in the back of the room that says "Dispensary" (it is uncertain what, if any, connection this sign has to the group or the building itself). 22 men and five women, all well dressed.
Item shows some general wear and light soiling. There is a puncture along the bottom edge of the photograph (directly below the woman second-from-left). The photograph is 7.25 x 9.4 inches (mounting board is 10 x 12 inches).
Photo produced by "Walton, Photo. - Cor. Waller & Fillmore Sts. S.F.". James W. Walton appears to have had a short career as a photographer. City directories show him occupied as such between about 1887 and 1893 (directory years 1888-1894). The only other reference found on James W. Walton's photography is the California Historical Society's collection of his albumen prints of Alfred Clarke's Water Works. He is listed as working with a fellow photographer, Thomas A. Brown, between 1887-1889, although their addresses were different. Walton was always listed as working & residing at 400 (or) 400 1/2 (or) 402 Waller Street, located in the Lower Haight neighborhood.
Place: [San Francisco]
Year: Ca. 1890
Keywords: 1890, 1890s, San Francisco, California, antique, photography, James W. Walton, Waller Street, Fillmore Street, Lower Haight,
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