California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau.
Title The Romance of El Camino Real, With Authentic Kaloprints Attesting to the Period of Construction (1769-1830), The Period of Depletion (1835-), and Partial Preservation of the Historic California Missions.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Los Angeles, CA: Kaloprint Corporation, 1936
Seller ID CYG215-005
LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies. 4to. 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. Registration and Dedication Pages left blank, 2 vignettes on the title page, list of the missions by date of dedication, what follows are a series of 25 openings with descriptive text on the versos, tissue guards, and a Kaloprint image on the rectos (text facing illustration) of Father Serra, the mission buildings, manuscript documents, and Indian survivors of the missions; text clean, unmarked. Blind- and gilt-stamped brown leather, this copy has been neatly re-backed with brown cloth that matches the leather; binding square and tight. Laid in are 3 ephemeral pieces from the Bureau, including a typed note on Bureau letterhead telling how to have an ancestor's portrait mounted on the dedication page, a small bi-fold "Value Received" which details the benefits of membership in the Bureau, and a certificate that states that Sonya Carlson Doud, is a sustaining 5-year member of the Bureau. SCARCE. Very Good. The California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau, Inc. was incorporated in 1931 as a California non-profit organization. Its purpose was to gain legislative and public support to preserve "the romance" of California by passing laws for historic preservation, and marking of historic landmarks. It hired newspapermen Sherman Danby (who signed Sonya Doud's certificate of membership) and Frederic N. Shovey as Director and Publicity Directors, respectively. It was headquartered in Sacramento, but its Southern California Office was in the Douglas Building in Los Angeles; it began by organizing prominent women in Southern California, and then made an organizing tour of the state in 1932. One of its benefits of membership is this volume extolling the Romance of El Camino Real, with its pictures of the California Missions. The Bureau actually assumed the care of several missions, and in 1933 was able to secure Federal Assistance in reconstructing certain missions when the National Director of Work Relief and Special Projects, Jacob Baker, authorized relief labor to be used in Mission reconstruction. See: The San Bernardino Sun, September 13, 1933, page 1, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 22, 1933, page 5.
California Landmarks and Historical Records Bureau, The Romance of El Camino Real With Authentic Kaloprints Attesting to the Period of Construction (1769-1830) The Period of Depletion (1835-) and Partial Preservation of the Historic California Missions, California Local History, California Missions