DescriptionLarge Panel Card Image: "Laying the Corner Stone of the Leland Stanford University." Impressive 9.25" x 7" albumen image depicts American tycoon, politician, and founder of Stanford University, Leland Stanford Sr., with his wife Jane, as they ceremonially lay the cornerstone of Leland Stanford Junior University in Palo Alto, California, on May 14, 1887. The Stanfords built it as a memorial for their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died as a teenager of typhoid in Florence, Italy, in 1884 while on a trip to Europe. Approximately $20 million ($400 million in 2005 dollars) initially went into the university, which held its opening exercises October 1, 1891. The first student admitted to Encina Hall that day was Herbert Hoover. The wealth of the Stanford family during the late nineteenth century was estimated at approximately $50 million ($1 billion in 2005 dollars). Image is affixed to the 10" x 8" cardboard mount of San Jose photographers Hill & Yard.
Condition: Heavy age toning and wear to mount, with pin holes and one corner missing. Very good.
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