Developing San Diego: The Images of Ralph P. Stineman, 1910-1915

The Journal of San Diego History
Spring 1997, Volume 43, Number 2
Richard W. Crawford, Editor

Cover photo: Lincoln School kindergarten class c. 1912

Journal of San Diego History article: The Images of Ralph P. Stineman

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Photo number: Transportation and the Harbor:
91:18564-494 Glenn Curtiss, early aircraft designer, stands beside one of his airplanes at his flight school on North Island in about 1911. The pilot is reportedly Mohan Singh.
91:18564-2193 Japanese Training Ship, Tai Sei Maru, stopped at San Diego on August 31, 1912, with 112 sea cadets on a round-the-world cruise. These cruises continued into the late 1930s.
91:18564-511 The Glenn Curtiss hydroplane preparing to take off in San Diego Bay flew out to the USS Pennsylvania, landed on the water then later took off to fly back to San Diego. This event inaugurated naval aviation in February 1911.
91:18564-2169 Sailors clinging to any available viewpoint watch a rowing competition between ship crews. The cruiser in the background is the USS Maryland.
91:18564-2192 The yacht Xora stands anchored in a busy harbor. Cruising down to Panama became a fashionable adventure along the Pacific Coast before the Canal opening. In the background lies North Island with the Curtiss flight school and Point Loma.
91:18564-1806 The harbor entrance viewed from Point Loma shows a sparsely covered North Island with San Diego in the background.
91:18564-948 Devil’s Canyon Road was a tortuous trail across the mountains. Stineman’s roadster leads the group of wagons. His 1910 Brush Runabout, sporting one cylinder of eight-horse power, frequently appeared in his scenes.
91:18564-1567 In April 1913, cars from San Diego met those from Imperial Valley to celebrate the new road that avoided the old Devils Canyon route from Mountain Springs down to Coyote Wells.
91:18564-1900 A San Diego and Arizona train takes a tour group over a newly constructed bridge and track section.
91:18564-1899 Engine number 50 of the San Diego and Arizona Rail line stands at a siding.
91:18564-1945 Road racing was very popular at the time with many racetracks in the San Diego area. This Fiat belonged to the real estate develpers McFadden and Buxton who were one of Stineman’s largest employers. Joseph McFadden sits at the wheel.
91:18564-1805 Looking west from Fort Rosecrans to the Pacific.
91:18564-2187 The USS Oregon participated in the Spanish American War. In 1942, President Roosevelt chose to save Dewey’s flagship, Olympia as a museum instead of the Oregon, which was then destined for scrap. Towed to Guam during World War II she remained stranded on a coral reef until 1956 when she was sold to Japan for scrap.

Photo number: City Development:
91:18564-1130 This lonely Arca streetcar No. 2 on the Mexico and San Diego Railway ran between Imperial Beach and Otay Junction. The sparse surroundings contrast strongly with present developed areas. Detail of streetcar
91:18564-863 A new concrete rim adds to the height of Sweetwater Dam.
91:18564-2305 Water line construction during these years was primitive compared with modern methods.
91:18564-198 Arizona Girls, on the Del Mar Real Estate office porch were brought to San Diego to promote land sales and the coming Exposition.
91:18564-1778 D.C. Collier real estate development on Point Loma used many photographs from Stineman for newspaper advertisements.
91:18564-994 A typical Stineman advertising photograph shows a new home at an unknown location.
91:18564-1780 Del Monte Ave., in Point Loma Heights, January 1913, looking west with Steinman’s car and possibly himself standing on the crest of the hill. He often was accompanied by ladies who could help on these photo expeditions.
91:18564-1804 A new tree-lined street on Point Loma looks toward the bay and San Diego.
91:18564-1809 A carefully posed car drives along present Catalina Blvd., toward the old “Spanish” lighthouse.

Photo number: City Views:
91:18564-658 October 25, 1913, an acrobat named France LeFranc, attempted a headstand atop the statue of “Justice” on the old courthouse. Strong winds and the soft statue head interfered with the attempt.
91:18564-941 The real estate partnership of McFadden and Buxton occupied an arcade running between Fourth and Fifth Ave. It included many types of stores predating the shopping mall.
91:18564-2056 The Lowell School at 17th and H (Market St.) with the student body assembled in front. Frequently photographs of schools were employed to promote the merits of nearby real estate.
91:18564-1672 September 25, 1913, parade on Broadway celebrated Balboa Day during the Carnival Cabrillo.
91:18564-2228 The busy street corner captured at Fourth and D St. (Broadway).
91:18564-1963 A popular skyline view of the city looking north along Fourth and Fifth Avenues toward the Grant Hotel.
91:18564-1401 The Little Landers Colony, a utopian enterprise in San Ysidro sold their produce form horse drawn carts, then later from a store ant Sixth and B St.
91:18564-2234 A rare night view of Fifth Avenue and the McFadden Buxton Arcade Building.
91:18564-647 This publicity photograph for the Paris Dye Works on Logan Ave., highlights the transition from horsepower to gasoline power.
91:18564-148 A large group of people gathered for an outing at Cardiff Beach in August 1912.
91:18564-2217 A crowded stand of watchers all in hats observing an unnamed sporting event.
91:18564-96 The new Watts Building at Fifth and F St. under construction in 1912 boasted two high-speed electric elevators. Various vehicles along the street reveal changes underway in transposrtation.

Photo number: Panama-California Exposition Construction:
91:18564-2613 An interior view of the Botanical Building taken February 24, 1914.
91:18564-2556 Progress of construction along the Prado can be seen in October 1913.
91:18564-1527 The California Building, December 15, 1913, reveals a permanent concrete structure.
91:18564-2505 The Cabrillo Bridge, February 12, 1914, provided the residents with a graphic measure of construction in the park.
91:18564-3050 Three men float in a rowboat in a flooded pond below the Cabrillo Bridge.
91:18564-2810 An easterly view along the Prado was taken from the top of a bridge construction tower. Hauling a large camera, tripod and film to the tower rop was a daring expedition.
91:18564-2770 Two trucks in tandem tow a large palm past San Diego High School toward the park, January 30, 1914.
91:18564-2767 Another large tree is moved with care and mule power along the Prado.

Photo number: San Diego Homes:
91:18564-1811 Sefton residence, Point Loma
91:18564-1040 Mission Hills home (remains today)
91:18564-64 Burlingame home
91:18564-1037 Mission Hills home
91:18564-1575 Gordon Clark Residence, National City built 1888, demolished 1959

Photo number: San Diego People:
91:18564-622 Silhouettes
91:18564-2010 Girl at aquarium
91:18564-2048 Logan Heights School baseball team / Spaulding Trophy
91:18564-1747 Woman with boy by garden
91:18564-2007 Florence School physical education classcloseup
91:18564-2033 Lincoln School kindergarten class

Photo number: San Diego Back Country:
91:18564-816 Construction Campcloseup
91:18564-1209 Water flume through mountains
91:18564-1211 Horse-drawn sleighing in Julian

Photo number: Motor vehicles:
91:18564-1199 Stineman & friends, 2 cars at Devil’s Canyon
91:18564-681 Dupree’s Auto Livery
91:18564-665 Gramm Truck
91:18564-666 Swift & Co. Premium Hams & Bacon Truck / Old Mission Realty
91:18564-650 Benbough Furniture Company truck at warehouse
91:18564-664 Fitch’s Fast Freight truck
91:18564-1563 All-female group of motorcyclists
91:18564-xxx Ford Motor Co. & Bay City Market Delivery Trucksdriver closeup
91:18564-668 Bay City Market & New England Creamery
Drivers pose in Ford Delivery Trucks on Fifth

Photo number: Commercial Buildings:
91:18564-647 Paris Dye Works
91:18564-3010 National City macaroni factory explosion
91:18564-1154 Murray cotton gins, Imperial Valley
91:18564-712 Buckman Bottling Co, interior
91:18564-671 Mission Brewing Co.
91:18564-669 San Diego Brewing Co.
91:18564-639 Dudley Motion Picture Mf’g. Co.
91:18564-197 Prospective home-buyers at Kaehler Brothers, home builders
91:18564-967 Lobby of Florence Hotel, 320 Fir Street
91:18564-657 Model train in window of Hartwell Electric 1911-15
closeup of model train

Photo number: Ships and San Diego Harbor:
91:18564-2166 Isis Launch – sailors on deck
91:18564-2158 Pacific Steamship Co. wharf / SS California
91:18564-2189 Navy ship in harbor
91:18564-2199 Gunboat “Vicksburg” in San Diego harbor
91:18564-xxxx Ships in San Diego Harborcloseup

Photo number: San Diego Beaches:
91:18564-1529 Mission Beach
91:18564-579 Four young women diving from rocks
91:18564-179 Pier under construction in Carlsbad
91:18564-1665 Diving from pier at Pacific Beachcloseup

Photo number: More Park / Panama-California Exposition:
91:18564-1647 Presidio Park – Serra Cross – Balboa Day, 1913
91:18564-914 Exposition promotional sign – D.C. Collier
91:18564-2768 Horse-drawn tree moving on El Prado (another view
91:18564-2599 Ferris wheel and roller coaster on “The Isthmus”
91:18564-2604 Palais de Dance on “The Isthmus”
91:18564-2603 Panama Film Co., on “The Isthmus”
91:18564-702 Dispensary, Administration Buiding, Balboa Park
91:18564-2394 Foreign Arts Building construction (now House of Hospitality)
91:18564-2612 Botanical Building under construction
91:18564-2823 Man examining skull in Museum of Man (probably Ales Hrdlicka)
91:18564-2708 Artisan carving seal for Home Economy Building, where Timken Museum now stands
91:18564-2735 Indian in Electriquette during construction
91:18564-2503 Cabrillo Bridge under construction
91:18564-2510 Cabrillo Bridge under construction

Photo number: San Diegans at work:
91:18564-1170 Imperial Water Co. tractor, Imperial Valley
91:18564-121 Road construction in Cardiff
91:18564-642 Harvesting salt, Western Salt Works
91:18564-2290 Laying water pipe

Photo number: Flying high:
91:18564-499 Mohan Singh at controls of the Curtiss pusher
91:18564-503 Curtiss hydroplane being launched into bay
91:18564-xxx Curtiss hydroplane in baycloseup

Photo number: Riding the rails:
91:18564-1883 Train “San Diego to greet Arizona and Imperial Valley”
91:18564-1876 Train engine – Atchison, Topeka & Santa FeEngine closeup
91:18564-297 Encinitas Train Station

Photo number: The Little Landers, San Ysidro:
91:18564-1464 Small farmhouse
91:18564-1451 Real estate office and San Ysidro Post Office
91:18564-1421 Farmer with vegetable basket by windmill
91:18564-1422 2 people in front of Little Landers’ adobe

Photo number: Downtown San Diego Buildings:
91:18564-680 San Diego Post Office
91:18564-2060 Overview of San Diego High School from downtown: March 5, 1914panoramic closeup (85k)
91:18564-1965 Downtown view: Oct 28, 1913closeup of Golden Lion Tavern

Photo number: Stineman and his “Stineman System”:
91:18564-1712 Stineman self-portrait
91:18564-1474 Stineman System film projector gear drive
91:18564-1472 Stineman System film developing reel
91:18564-1746 Stineman at right of group

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