Ca. 1907. Three original loose watercolours ca. 26x43,5 cm (10x17 in), ca. 25,5x41 cm (10x16 in) and ca. 22,5x39,5 cm (8 ¾ x 15 ½ in). Ink and watercolour on laid paper, mounted on period card. All unsigned. Paper with a couple of minor creases, but overall a very good collection of attractive watercolours.
Attractive collection of three large original watercolours, depicting floats and participants of a Fourth of July parade, most likely the first one which was held in South San Francisco in 1907. This was the first such parade held in the city, which was to be incorporated in September 1908. An unknown artist depicted three floats, representing the “Goddess of Liberty” and her attendants, members of the “San Mateo Co. Druids,” and a float which can be defined as “Valhalla Vikings” and which most likely belonged to one of the local fraternal organizations. The drawings are made in a combination of ink and watercolour technique and vividly convey the atmosphere of the parade. Overall a nice watercolour collection depicting the first Fourth of July parade in South San Francisco in 1907. More detailed descriptions of the floats can be found below in the excerpts from contemporary newspapers reporting on the parade.
“Fourth of July will be celebrated at South San Francisco this year as it never has been before. The first big rousing demonstration commemorating the birth of the nation to be observed in this end of San Mateo County will take place here this year. With the co-operation of the citizens, all of the fraternal organizations and the efforts of the board of trade it is expected that the event will be honored in grand style. <…> The celebration will commence with a parade at 9:30 a.m. through the main streets of the town, after which the people will go to the picnic grounds, where the games and festivities will be held. In the parade will be many floats, as the rivalry between the fraternal organizations throughout the county is great and each will strive to outshine its rival in the uniqueness and elaborateness of floats. <…> The local fraternal organizations interested are: Tippecanoe tribe of Redmen, South City aerie of Eagles, Progress camp of Woodmen of the World, White Eagle and Golden Eagle groves of Druids, South San Francisco grove of the same organization, South San Francisco butchers’ No. 17, Vella Flor circle No. 368, Women of Woodcraft and Wahnita council, Daughters of Pocahontas.” (South San Francisco will Celebrate Fourth// The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California), 24 June 1907, p. 8).
“<…> Miss Emma Guerra, still in her teens and a leader of her set here, has been selected as the Goddess of Liberty. Aiding her, as maids of honor, will be Miss Hanna Cohen and Miss Alice Ringue, who polled the next largest number of votes. These three will play a leading role in the celebration. In the parade they will occupy the throne on the first float, which will be known as the Ship of the State, gowned in white; the Goddess of Liberty and her two maids of honor will ride on the van will 46 school children dressed to represent the different states of the union. Following the parade the young women will conduct the affairs at the various concessions controlled by the South San Francisco board of trade…” (Miss Emma Guerra Chosen Goddess of Liberty// The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California), 1 July 1907, p. 10).
“Hurrah for South City! <…> The first Fourth of July celebration to be held in South San Francisco last Thursday proved to be a grand success. <…> South City did itself honor in its first attempt to celebrate the glorious Fourth, and it is the consensus of opinion that the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence shall be appropriately observed in South City every year hereafter. <…> The parade, which started about 10 a.m. from the intersection of San Bruno and Grand Avenues, was headed by Grand Marshal Major E.W. Langenbach <…> Following the Grand Marshal and Aids, the procession was as follows: The South San Francisco Band; lodges of Redmen, bedecked in gaudy costumes, accompanied with a suitable float; Pocahontas lodges, with a float that deserves special mention; lodge of Eagles, with an appropriate float; the Ship of State, “America,” containing the Goddess of Liberty, Miss Emma Guerra, with several beautiful young girls representing the several States of the Union, followed by young girls on foot; Woodmen of the World lodges, with a representative float containing earnest members sawing and splitting logs; Women of Woodcraft, with a float labeled “We Protect the Home”; lodges of Druids, well represented; Druidess lodges, with a beautiful float which received the plaudits of the crowds on the sidewalks; Mission Parlor Drum Corps <…>; float of Women’s Pioneer Club of San Bruno, which attracted considerable attention and won first prize for the best float; citizens of San Bruno in automobiles and carriages…” (Celebration of Fourth in South City a Grand Success// The Enterprise and the South San Francisco Journal (South San Francisco, California), 6 July 1907, p. 1).
Price: $1,500.00 USD