Charles Webber's hand tinted Sierra Club images
Charles Webber was a member of the California Academy of Sciences and the Sierra Club. He was an amateur botanist and photographer who took pictures of California flora from the 1930s to the 1960s. Over 5,000 of his images have been uploaded to the Library's Manzanita Image Project which is a subset of Calphotos.
Some of my favorite Webber images are featured below. They are hand tinted photographs from Sierra Club outings in the 1930s.
Yosemite National Park, Parson's Lodge. Sierra Club hand tinted photograph, 1931. ID: 9187 3302 4013 0113
Two hikers atop Mt. Whitney in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, CA.1932. ID: 8076 3101 4736 0041
Packers enjoying the view from the top of Mt. Whitney, 1932. Hand tinted photograph. ID: 9187 3302 4013 0105
We are experimenting with adding images to Flickr to advertise our photographs to new audiences. On Friday, I added a set of fifteen Webber photos to Flickr and in only a few hours had an email from someone who wanted to re-post a Webber image on his Yosemite blog. So far, so good. Here is the set of Webber photos on Flickr.
- Danielle Castronovo
Archives & Digital Collections Librarian