Carmel, CA: ca. 1910s - 1920s. An uncommon collection of 21 original photographs by Slevin (each 5 x 7") - 18 are indicated by a stamp "Photo by L. S. Slevin Carmel, Cal" on verso, in the plate, or blindstamp below the image. There are an additional 3 photographs of the same era and quality but no photographer indicated. 14 of the photographs show various buidlings and old adobes in Carmel and Monterey and 7 photographs show Montery's iconic Cypress trees in coastal settings. Pencil notations on the verso of most of the buildings indicating location & names, including the Underwood apartments on downtown Alvarado Street, dated '90; Colton Hall; Forest Theater in Carmel; Abrego Adobe; De Soto Adobe; Old Blockhouse Forts; Gen. Halleck & Sherman House noting the cannon; House of Four Winds; Larkin House; Alvarado Adobe; Basque House (most likely Alvarado Adobe); Hotel Del Monte's Roman Plunge and more. Lightly faded over time; near fine. Item #20770
Louis S. Slevin (1878 - 1945) arrived in Carmel in 1903 and built a store on Ocean Avenue, becoming the first postmaster and express agent. He photographed buildings, houses, street scenes, businesses, cultural arts and nature all around Monterey County from Big Sur to Salinas. While the Monterey Peninsula has long been a mecca for photographers around the world, Slevin was, however, the first to shoot a full range of black & white images of early days around the Monterey Peninsula.