my perspective . . .
Dokie . . . This will be a 'do-it-yourself' experience!
friend Les Buchner (Buddy's son) just sent me an email saying
that his friend Robert, who Les worked with at PG&E, sent
him a link for Etna photos back in January when Les talked about
'going home to Etna' . . .
reading the last posting, Les dug out the original email and sent
me the link. These are too good not to share. I have googled in
the past for old Etna photos, but these never came up.
the Collection is owned by UC Davis and the warnings basically
say we can't reproduce them under threat of death (my words!),
I am only giving you the links.
had never heard of Jervie Henry Eastman, so I googled him and
found this about 'the man of the hour':
History: The Collection of Jervie Henry Eastman
all began because of postcards.
of the most valuable resources of 20th century regional history
is a collection of photographs taken and compiled by Jervie Henry
Eastman. And not just a few photographs, but 13,000 images. (My
note: Mel Fechter may be faaaaast approaching this number of photographs
Henry Eastman was born July 20, 1880, in White Cloud, Michigan.
His family moved to northern California in 1886. In 1898, Eastman
launched his photographic career in Sisson, California (later
named Mount Shasta), as a view photographer. He became a partner
in the Shasta View Company in 1907. Eastman lost his entire stock
of plates and cards in a fire in 1912.
the major part of the 20th century, Eastman roamed the back roads
and byways of Northern California snapping photos. His collection
spans the years from 1890 to 1960. His primary goal was to develop
a repository of images for his postcard business. Eastmans
firm focused on the printing, developing, and distribution of
postcards. In 1907, he created a machine that would increase the
production of postcards to 200 per hour.
1921, Jervie Henry Eastman moved to Susanville and established
Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card
studio. In 1936 he hired Mirl Simmons, a young photographer from
Hillsborough, West Virginia, to help with the postcard photography.
In 1947, Eastman and Simmons became partners. The business had
expanded to provide photographic supplies to southeastern Oregon
and studios in Westwood, Weed, and Susanville.
territory covered roughly the northeast quadrant of California,
along with parts of Oregon and the Mendocino coast. His photographs
feature Native Americans; the eruption of Mount Lassen; the building
of Shasta Dam; the ancestor of todays Sierra College, Placer
Junior College; and many, many scenic shots of local communities.
Along with his partners -- Mirl Simmons, John Reisen, and P.J.
Jack Thompson -- Eastman was also a pioneer in aerial
photography. Among his many subjects was Nevada County in the
mid-20th century. (My note: AND ETNA, USA!!!!!!)
Henry Eastman brought an artists sensibility to his commercial
concerns. John Skarstad, Special Collections Coordinator at the
University of California, Davis, states that since Eastman was
a professional photographer, his images have a uniformity
of tone, size, and format. Often, though, Eastman added
a homey touch his photographs would sometimes include,
usually stuck in the corner, an image of his panel truck adorned
Eastmans Studio, Susanville, California.
collection has more than sentimental value, however. His collection
is frequently used by historians, biologists, lawyers, those preparing
environmental impact reports, and conservationists to document
the changes in the landscape over time.
addition to his postcard business, Jervie Henry Eastman operated
a photography and portrait shop in Susanville from 1920 to 1959.
His customers in Susanville remembered him fondly. As one of his
clients once stated: His relaxed manner and winning smile
made it easy to feel comfortable as one sat before this mans
camera and had your picture taken. This relaxed style and
respect for the subject matter is reflected in his postcard images
retired from photography in 1959 and sold his share of the business
to Simmons. He died in Susanville on February 11, 1969 at the
age of 88. He is the subject of a downtown historic mural in Susanville.
He is depicted with a bi-plane and with his company car stuck
in the mud.
Eastman Collection broke new ground in the information age as
well. The Eastman's Originals Collection (the historical postcards
and negatives) was sold to Anne Fisher in 1982. She managed the
collection until her retirement in 1994. She donated the collection
to the University of California, Davis, in 1994 and, the university
undertook the daunting task of scanning, digitizing, and cataloging
the images for use on the internet. Eastmans work became
the first of the campus extensive online museum collections.
to think it all was set in motion by penny postcards."
on each Title below
and it should open right to the page.
You can then click on the photo and make it larger)
Theatre - 1957
Main Street - Corrigans - 1956
Main Street - Laundromat side - 1941
Grcoery (??) now Etna Deli - 1951
Station end of Main Street - 1951
Main Street - Chevron - 1951
School - 1956
- no date
Mt. Summit - 1956
Catholic Church - 1941
Reading Room - 1941
Grazing (Some things NEVER change)
School - 1941
Square (Other information we
have found shows this as July 4, 1905)
are 34 total photos, but I only picked out the ones that interested
me! You can find all of them from here:
to shop locally!
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