The scenes vary from coastlines to landscapes, gardens and resort. Several views of Hotel Del Monte, its grounds and gardens, one by the beach with crashing waves, one of a “Lone Twisted Cypress Tree”, one of Lake Laguna(?). Most signed in the plate by the early photographic firm of Charles Johnson.“Charles Wallace Jacob Johnson had his photograph parlor at the Hotel del Monte circa 1887 and was also a miner, he had a one man band and taught dance and music before he came to Monterey and the Hotel del Monte he was the first official photographer, from the mid 1880s to the late 1890s. Johnson photographed a variety of subjects, including hotel guests, and the Pacific Grove Retreat, Carmel and Carmel Mission, farmers, ranchers of the Carmel Valley and Big Sur region. He learned photography from William N. Tuttle of Arcata in the mid 1860s. In 1870, Johnson moved to San Francisco; , he moved to Watsonville in 1877; and after to Monterey when the Hotel del Monte opened in June of 1880, he opened a gallery on Alvarado street in Monterey (he moved his gallery to the hotel itself in 1887). Johnson was a very prolific photographer, leaving a rich photographic record of life in the Monterey Bay region. Johnson was born in Maryland on August 3, 1833 he came to California in the 1850's and he died in Salinas on January 17, 1903 “-California Views Historical Photo Collection.
Sepia photographs, 4-7/8” x 7-7/8”