Banquet Piece, Pieter Claez

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Solano County Fruit Growing, 1888

From E.J. Wickson's book, The Vacaville early fruit district of California, 1888

"This work is the first number of a series Whose object is thus aptly stated by
Prof. Wickson in his "Introductory," on the following pages: “The employment
of color and the camera in a systematic attempt to make California
better known; presenting actual facts, not the idealized conceptions of
artists; true to topography; true to results attained by formative processes; true to existence in form and color."

It is also believed to be the first thorough-going attempt in California to make
a local descriptive work so attractive as to sell on its merits away from its own locality; a work to interest everybody. from either its pictures or its facts.
This number is intended especially to illustrate the important and rapidly growing
industry of CALIFORNIA FRUIT GROWING by the experiments, practices and results in this representative district"

I found this mentioned in the "The History of Chinese-American in Solano County", February 2, 1997.

What other works are in the series? Any other areas?

Also interesting is that William R. Nutting was the photographer. Is he related to Wallace Nutting, famous photographer of the East coast, especially of Massachusetts?

"So far as the writer knows, the idea of diligent and systematic effort to present the topography and the horticultural achievements of specified portions of California by a series of intimately related views in color, is original with Mr. W. R. Nutting, the designer and publisher of this work. To carry out his idea he learned the use of the camera; he then gave over a year to a most careful study of this typical district and its features great and small. He has climbed every elevation and descended every cañon in search for natural exponents which would best serve to fitly show forth the region; and he has pictured the orchard and vineyard work, the industrial structures and the homes of the people, to show how natural resources have been made to minister to industrial success."

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