Publisher: San Francisco: Gabriel Moulin Photo, 153 Kearny Street, 1928.
Condition: Edges of a few photographs a little rubbed; overall in fine condition.
Book ID: 28061
DescriptionFolio, plain black cloth oblong album (20.5 x 30 cm), with the small label "Photographed by Gabriel Moulin San Francisco" on the rear paste-down. 48 original gelatin silver prints, 19 x 24 cm each, mounted on linen and bound into an album with lacing. Each photograph has the small round date stamp on the verso of Gabriel Moulin Photo, 153 Kearny St., SF, CAL. Almost every photograph has a small white number in the lower right corner. The plates are not arranged sequentially by number.
Comments¶ An album of original photographic prints by the legendary San Francisco photographer Gabriel Moulin (1872-1945) of rural landscapes and buildings along Westside Road in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, taken in the summer of 1928. The photographs are in the straightforward documentary style for which Moulin was famous. The second photograph is of the entrance to the Hopkins Ranch, and it is likely that many of the photographs are of buildings, vineyards, orchards, livestock, pastures, ranch hands, and families that were part of that 8,000 acre ranch. The final eight photographs were taken closer to the coast, in the redwoods and by a creek. This is likely Mill Creek and the Barrel Springs area, a popular picnic spot. The Hopkins Ranch was owned by Moses Hopkins, brother of Mark Hopkins. Moses Hopkins died in 1892, leaving the Hopkins Ranch to his widow Emily Hopkins. A few years after her death in 1925, the property was subdivided. Several wineries today use the name Hopkins Ranch, part of the Russian River appellation, to identify their wines. The route along Westside Road to the coast was one Gabriel Moulin took many times in his capacity as the official photographer of the Bohemian Club, which he joined in 1898.