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    Burton Frasher, Photographer: Bodie, California Mining District, Circa 1915. 17" x 7", Frasher Fotos, Pomona, California studio stamp on the verso. Bodie, California was a mining camp in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range established in the late 1870s. This wonderful panorama shows the entire town including the cemetery, mines, mills, a church and residences including their outhouses. The photograph was evidently taken in late Fall or Spring as there are traces of snow scattered about. The photograph was taken before 1917 as the Catholic church on the south end of town burned to the ground in that year and was never rebuilt. Burton Frasher came to California in 1914 and established studios in Pomona and June Lake. This is undoubtedly one of his early photographs from the period. He went on to be one of the most prolific landscape photographers in the state, producing hundreds of thousands of real photo postcards through the 1940s. The image has a 4" x 1" area of loss at the bottom edge which fortunately mainly affects only the border and not the image. There is also a 5" crease running centrally from the top margin, scattered scuffing, and some occasional water damage, and old taped repairs on the verso, else it is in good condition. In spite of the condition issues this is a rare image depicting a once booming mining town winding down after years of prosperity. Bodie is now a ghost town and maintained as an historic landmark.


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