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Estancia “La California”
Early Photos, ca.1890

The first image (top left, LC-01) is the litho drawn by John Schreiber in 1878, three years after the house was built.  Black & white copies of it abound in the family.

The second photo (top center, LC-02) was likely taken, per trees (all planted), between 1882 and 1888.  It is the only photo we have come across in which a large entrance through the north-south wing can be seen.  Schreiber’s litho and more recent photos (c. 1900) show no such entrance.

We believe that one or both the third and fourth photos (LC-03 & LC-04) of the Main House were taken by Mr. Beitz on 4 February, 1888. In LC-03, John E. Benitz is mounted on the left.   In LC-04, Josephine Kolmer-Benitz is standing in the path, we are not sure who the others are but most likely at least one of her sons.  The 1888 estancia diary mentions a German photographer who visited La California and took photos on that date, for which John paid Mr. Beitz $40 on 6 March, 1888.

The remaining photos are all very similar; except two by John E. Benitz, the rest are all Cabinet Cards.  The cabinet cards were all taken by a single photographer at about the same time, during July-October, 1892.  Unless there was more than one puma at “La California”, the photo of the puma was taken after June, 1892, when Alfred brought one to “La California” (from “Los Palmares”).  The photos of Herman were obviously taken before he died, 31 January, 1893.  Per the estancia day-books of 1888 and 1890, sheep shearing was done end of October.  The similarities between the photos LC-08 (taken by John E. Benitz) and LC-09 (a cabinet card), strongly suggests John was the photographer for the cabinet cards as well.

Cabinet Cards: Popular during the late 1800's and early 1900's, they are made of a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker card-board, approx.: 11 x 17 cm. or 4.5 x 6.5 inches.

All the following photos were taken at “La California”.  The text within quotes beneath a photo is the description / title written on its back, in pencil.

LC-01

No pic.

Litho by John Schreiber, 1878
(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-02

No pic.

Front of the House, ca.1880
Note far entrance.
(Source: F.Malcolm Benitz)

LC-03

No pic.

Trees & Main house, 1888
John E.Bz. mounted left
(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-04

No pic.

Front of the House
Josephine with sons & others

ca.1885 per trees
View through front door to back patio
♥ Click HERE for closeup of family ♥
(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-05

No pic.

“Front Walk
- La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-06

No pic.

“Back view of Estancia house
- La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-07

No pic.

Puesto, 1892
(Source: John C. Benitz)

LC-08

No pic.

“Herman setting up posts for
the new fence - La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-09

No pic.

Fencing crew - lunch - 1892
Herman V.Bz standing at back
(Source: John C. Benitz)

LC-10

No pic.

“Carpenter's shop.”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-11

No pic.

“Chicken house
- La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-12

No pic.

“Cemetery
- La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-13

No pic.

“Sheep shearing
- La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-14

No pic.

“Sheep shearing
- Estancia La California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-15

No pic.

“Sheep shearing
- California”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

LC-16

No pic.

“Lion & house”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)

 

LC-17

No pic.

“Eucalyptus Trees”
1892

(Source: Silvia Ucko)


© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)